Early 18th Century
Couched Filling Stitch
Square badge to be worn by fifth rank civil official on front of robe. Silver pheasant looks back towards sun as it stands on a rock amidst waves with li shui motif. Two pearls and bronze bell float in waves. Sky is entirely filled with swirl-like motif. Satin stitch with back of bird in couched filling stitch and outlines in couched gold thread. Narrow border of gold silk. Stained blue silk backing. Vertical seam down center.
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. 36, p. 65
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