15th century - 16th century
Slit Tapestry Weave
Civil official rank badge of unclassed official below the ninth rank. Slit tapestry or k'o-ssu square done with silk and gold thread on the warp and hemp on the weft. Reversible, pattern can be seen on both sides. Two paradise flycatchers face each other in center of square. One bird hovers in the air and the other stands on a rock in the water. On both sides there is land and huge peonies. Peonies and clouds fill the air and the ground is in gold thread. There is no backing. Selvage edges visible and top and bottom edges left unfinished. No Backing. A strip of piping has been sewn to the back of the top unfinished edge.
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: Figure 3, No. 6, p. 61
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