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Mandarin Square

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Object Number:
52-23-56B
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Period:
Qing Dynasty
Date Made:
Early 18th Century
Early Date:
1800
Late Date:
1825
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Satin
Silk
Gold Thread
Technique:
Embroidered
Satin Stitch
Couched
Iconography:
Mandarin Duck
Sun
Pearls
Fungus
Lucky Jewels
Description:
Square seventh rank civil official's badge. Probably for use on a side-fastening mourning robe because neither badge has a seam. At center a Mandarin duck looks back over its shoulder at the sun as it stands on a rock amidst gold waves. Pearls, fungus, and three other lucky symbols float in the waves. At either edge is a larger wave. Multi-colored clouds against a beige satin background. Narrow border of couched gold thread. Satin stitch, couched gold, couched wrapped threads are used. Back is lined with yellow silk.
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. 56, p. 67
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