Late 19Th Century
Square rank badge to be worn on back of robe of wife of Censor or Judge. At center hseih-chai sits on a rock amidst waves with rocky banks at either side. Flower-like cloud pattern below water and in the sky. Conventionalized flowers in the water. In the sky float more flowers, seven bats and a red sun. Border with three lotus flowers at each corner and sides with chou symbol and pairs of stylized kuei-lung dragons. Primarily in Peking knot with outlines and details of mane and tail in couched wrapped metal threads. Embroidered on double layer of cloth with blue-black satin in front and brown-grey silk in back.
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: p. 68
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