Eight Immortal Symbols
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.
Purchased from J. S. Letcher
[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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