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.
Purchased from J. S. Letcher, 1952
[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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