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Mandarin Square

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Native Name:
P'u-Fang
P'u-Tze
Object Number:
52-23-40
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Period:
Qing Dynasty
Date Made:
19th Century
Early Date:
1800
Late Date:
1899
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Silk
Satin
Technique:
Embroidered
Peking Knot
Iconography:
Silver Pheasant
Sun
Bats
Flowers
K'uei Lung
Lotus
Chou
Description:
Square rank badge for wife of fifth rank civil official worn on front of robe. Silver pheasant looks back towards sun as it stands on rock amidst waves. Two other rock formations and flowering plants appear in the waves. Five red/pink bats and two blue bats with auspicious flowering plants hover in the sky. Stylized cloud or flower motif in sky and water. Border of k'uei lung (dragon), shou characters and red lotus flowers and leaves. Entirely in Peking knot against blue-black satin. Vertical seam down center. Blue backing.
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. 40, p. 65
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