Early 20th Century
Eight Buddhist Symbols
Square badge of eighth rank civil official to be worn on front of robe. At center quail stands facing sun on rock amidst waves. Li shui motif in foreground. Rocks with magnolia, crab apple and peony flowers form a rebus(yu t'ang fu kuei, or may you enjoy wealth and honors in halls of jade). In the sky are the Eight Buddhist symbols, five bats and clouds. Border of flowers with tendrils. All done in two shades of couched gold thread except for quail in satin stitch with aniline dyes against black satin. Vertical seam down center. Blue silk backing stained.
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: No. 58, p. 67
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