University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameBuzi (補子)
Object Number: 52-23-64
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: China
Period: Qing Dynasty
Date Made: 19th Century
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 1899
Silver Tinsel Thread
Gold Thread
Satin Stitch
Split Satin Stitch
Peking Knot
Stem Satin Stitch
Iconography:Hsieh Chai
Rhinoceros Horn
Height: 30cm
Length: 31cm
Thickness: 0.05cm
Credit Line:Purchased from J. S. Letcher, 1952


Square rank badge for back of Imperial Censor or Judge's robe. At center hsieh-chai with green mane and tail with orange flames sits on rock amidst waves. Jewels in waves including pearls, fungus, rhinoceros horn. Auspicious plants include peonies and fungus on one side and peaches and narcissus on the bank. The sky is filled with clouds, five orange bats and red sun against a blue-black background. Border of Greek fret pattern in couched gold thread. Satin stitch used primarily with details in stem stitch, split satin stitch, Peking knots and a couched silver tinsel thread wrapped in green silk.


[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. 68View Objects cited in this Publication

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