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Mandarin Square

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Native Name:
P'u-Fang
P'u-Tze
Object Number:
52-23-53
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
Gold Thread
Peacock Feathers
Technique:
Embroidered
Peking Knot
Couched
Iconography:
Mandarin Duck
Sun
Pearls
Eight Buddhist Symbols
Conch
Fish
Lotus
Vase
Umbrella
Canopy
wheel of the law
mystic knot
Lucky Jewels
Bats
Peach
Fungus
Narcissus
Bamboo
Peony
Chou
Description:
Square seventh rank civil officials rank badge for civil officials summer robe. Mandarin duck looks at sun as it stands on a rock amidst waves. Pearls, the Eight Buddhist symbols including conch, canopy, fish, lotus, vase, wheel of the Law, umbrella and endless knot and lucky jewel symbols float in the waves. Peonies, fungus, bamboo, peaches and narcissus grow on the rocks at either side. Above are blue clouds and seven pink and orange bats against couched peacock feathers filling background. Border of chou characters alternating between circular and oblong. Done in Peking knots, couched twisted white silk and gold, couched gold, and couched peacock feathers on navy gauze. Much of peacock feathers missing.
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: p. 67
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