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Mandarin Square

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Native Name:
P'u-Fang
P'u-Tze
Object Number:
52-23-58
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Period:
Qing Dynasty
Date Made:
Early 20th Century
Early Date:
1900
Late Date:
1925
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Silk
Gold Thread
Aniline Dye
Technique:
Embroidered
Couched
Satin Stitch
Iconography:
Quail
Eight Buddhist Symbols
Sun
Bats
Flowers
Li Shui
Magnolia
Crab Apple
Peony
Rebus
Description:
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.
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. 58, p. 67
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