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Mandarin Square

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Native Name:
P'u-Fang
P'u-Tze
Object Number:
52-23-60A
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
Gold Thread
Technique:
Embroidered
Peking Knot
Couched
Iconography:
Paradise Flycatcher
Sun
Li Shui
Pearls
Fungus
Narcissus
Eight Buddhist Symbols
Fish
Conch
Vase
wheel of the law
Lotus
Canopy
mystic knot
Umbrella
Description:
Square ninth rank civil official's badge for wearing on back of robe. At center a Paradise Flycatcher faces the sun as it stands on a rock ammidst waves and li shui motif. In the waves are pearls and four of the eight Buddhist symbols: the fish; conch shell; wheel of the law and vase. On the rocky banks at either side are fungus and narcissus. The sky is filled with clouds, five bats and four of the eight Buddhist symbols: lotus; canopy; endless knot; umbrella against laid gold thread background. Figures primarily done in Peking knot. Greek fret border in couched gold thread. Blue patterned silk backing with staining in lower corner.
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. 60, Figure 16, p. 68
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