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Mandarin Square

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Native Name:
P'u-Fang
P'u-Tze
Object Number:
52-23-22A
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Period:
Qing Dynasty
Date Made:
19th Century
Early Date:
1800
Late Date:
1899
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Silk
Peacock Feathers
Technique:
Embroidered
Peking Knot
Couched
Iconography:
Peacock
Eight Immortal Symbols
Bats
Narcissus
Peony
Peach
Lotus
Sun
Description:
Square mandarin badge of third rank official. To be worn on front of robe. Peacock at center faces sun as it stands on a rock amidst waves. The eight Taoist Immortal symbols float in the waves. At each side are rocky banks with peonies, peaches and narcissus. The sky is filled with five bats, clouds and tendrils. Border with red and blue lotus flowers. Peking knot technique with couched peacock feathers for details of bird on blue-black satin with cream colored silk backing. Seam down center.
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. 22, p. 63
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