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Mandarin Square

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Native Name:
P'u-Fang
P'u-Tze
Object Number:
52-23-6
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Period:
Ming Dynasty
Date Made:
15th Century - 16th Century
Early Date:
1400
Late Date:
1599
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Silk
Hemp
Technique:
Embroidered
Slit Tapestry Weave
K'o-ssu
Iconography:
Paradise Flycatchers
Peony
Description:
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.
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: Figure 3, No. 6, p. 61
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