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Mandarin Square

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Native Name:
P'u-Fang
P'u-Tze
Object Number:
52-23-44
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Period:
Qing Dynasty
Date Made:
18th Century
Late Date:
1952
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Silk
Satin
Gold Thread
Technique:
Embroidered
Satin Stitch
Stem Satin Stitch
Couched
Iconography:
Egret
Sun
Pearls
Lucky Jewels
Fungus
Bamboo
Description:
Square rank badge of sixth rank civil official to be worn on front of robe. At center an egret looks back at the sun as it stands on a rock amidst waves. Pearls, and lucky jewels float in the waves. On the rocky banks at either side auspicious plants grow including bamboo and fungus. Clouds and tree leaves fill the sky. Satin stitch and stem satin stitch with couched gold thread outlines and border against blue-black satin. Vertical seam down center. Backing in blue silk with brown stains throughout. Partial remains of two stickers, one with black ink hand written characters.
Credit Line:
Purchased from J. S. Letcher

Bibliography:

[Article] Cammann, Schuyler. 1953. Chinese Mandarin Squares: Brief Catalogue of the Lechter Collection. The University Museum Bulletin. 17 (3): pp. 2-73. : Page/Fig./Plate: No. 44, p. 66
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