Qing Dynasty c. 1740
Peacock Feather (uncertain)
Square rank badge of wife of fifth rank official to be worn on the front of robe. At center a silver pheasant looks back towards sun as it stands on rock in landscape. Water in foreground with two pearls, ruyi scepter and bell. Auspicious flowers and plants including pine, fungus, marigold growing on ground and tall rocky cliffs at either side. Afew clouds in sky. Border of couched gold thread and single thread of peacock feather. Mostly in satin stitch with stem stitch, Peking knot and couched gold thread against blue-black satin. Vertical seam down center. Light blue patterned silk with brown stains as backing.
Purchased from J. S. Letcher, 1952
[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. 42, p. 65
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