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Mandarin Square

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Native Name:
Buzi (補子)
Object Number:
52-23-80
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
Technique:
Embroidered
Iconography:
Tiger
Five Bats
Peonies
Fungus
Bamboo
Peaches
Narcissus
Eight Buddhist Symbols
Pearls
Description:
Fourth rank military officer's tiger square. Mostly in Peking knot, with outlines couched in twisted white, blue and silver cord, on blue-black satin. The tiger has obviously been added later in satin stitch to replace an earlier animal (Bear?), which was probably rendered in Peking knot like the rest - doubtless because of a sudden promotion for the owner. Border of alternating red bats and oblong shou characters. Compare identical patterns on 52-23-20, -45 and -91.
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. 3, p. 70
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