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Mandarin Square

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Native Name:
P'u-Fang
P'u-Tze
Object Number:
52-23-59
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Period:
Qing Dynasty
Date Made:
Late 19th Century
Early Date:
1875
Late Date:
1900
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Silk
Gold Thread
Technique:
Embroidered
Peking Knot
Satin Stitch
Couched
Iconography:
Quail
Sun
Li Shui
Narcissus
Bamboo
Fungus
Pearls
Eight Buddhist Symbols
Fish
Conch
Vase
wheel of the law
Lotus
Canopy
mystic knot
Umbrella
Bats
Description:
Square eighth rank civil official's badge for front of robe. At center a quail faces the sun as it stands on a rock amidst waves and li shui motif. Pearls and four of the eight Buddhist symbols float in the waves: fish; conch; vase; wheel of the law. On the rocky banks fungus, bamboo, narcissus grow. The sky is filled with clouds, five bats, four of the eight Buddhist symbols; lotus; canopy; mystic knot; and umbrella. Greek fret border in couched gold. Background in poor condition. Probably originally laid with gold thread which was removed for re-use. Primarily Peking knot with couched twisted cord and satin stitch. Backing of green patterned silk with symbols of eight Taoist immortals in pattern. Also on backing: "Made in China" stamp; and white paper sticker with two Chinese characters and the number "327"
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. 59, pg. 67
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