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Mandarin Square

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Native Name:
P'u-Fang
P'u-Tze
Object Number:
52-23-57B
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Period:
Qing Dynasty
Date Made:
18th Century
Early Date:
1700
Late Date:
1799
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Silk
Technique:
Embroidered
Satin Stitch
Couched
Peking Knot
Iconography:
Mandarin Duck
Sun
Landscape
Stream
Bats
Pine
Fungus
Nandina plant
Pine
Description:
Square rank badge for wife of seventh rank civil official. Because neither of the pair are split it may have been for use on a mourning robe which opens at the side. At center a multi-colored Mandarin duck looks back towards sun as it stands on a rock in a landscape with streams and auspicious plants including Nandina plant, pine, cypress and fungus. Clouds and five bats are in the peach-colored sky. Greek fret border in couched gold thread and couched twisted thread. Satin stitch, couched threads, satin stitch and Peking knot used. Yellow silk backing. Sticker with calligraphic writing in black ink and red ink of seal stamp.
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. 3, p. 67
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