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Mandarin Square

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Native Name:
P'u-Fang
P'u-Tze
Object Number:
52-23-55B
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
Gold Thread
Technique:
Embroidered
Peking Knot
Couched
Iconography:
Mandarin Duck
Sun
Eight Buddhist Symbols
Eight Immortal Symbols
Lucky Jewels
Bats
Peony
Magnolia
Narcissus
Cock's Comb
Description:
Square rank badge for seventh rank civil official to wear on front of robe. At center a Mandarin Duck looks toward the sun as it stands on a rock amidst waves. Eight Buddhist symbols and Lucky Jewels float among the waves and there are rocky banks at both sides with peony, magnolia, narcissus and cock's comb plants. The symbols of the Eight Immortals float in the sky in pairs among clouds and five bats. Greek fret border in couched gold thread. Primarily Peking knot used with couched gold thread and twisted white silk outlines on blue-black satin. Vertical seam down center. Blue silk 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. 55, p. 67
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