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Mandarin Square

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Native Name:
P'u-Fang
P'u-Tze
Object Number:
52-23-65
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Period:
Qing Dynasty
Date Made:
Late 19th Century
Early Date:
1875
Late Date:
1900
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Satin
Silk
Metallic Thread
Technique:
Embroidered
Peking Knot
Couched
Iconography:
Hsieh Chai
Sun
Bats
Flowers
Chou
K'uei Lung
Lotus
Description:
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.
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: p. 68
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