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Mandarin Square

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Native Name:
P'u-Fang
P'u-Tze
Object Number:
52-23-54A
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Period:
Qing Dynasty
Date Made:
18th Century
Early Date:
1700
Late Date:
1799
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Gold Thread
Gauze
Technique:
Embroidered
Couched
Iconography:
Mandarin Duck
Pearls
Swastika
Pine
Bamboo
Marigold
Sun
Description:
Square rank badge for wife of seventh rank civil official to be worn on back of summer robe. A Mandarin Duck stands at center looking towards the sun. It is perched on a rock amidst waves with landscape. Pearls and a swastika in the waves. Plants include pine, bamboo and marigold. No border. Almost entirely in couched gold outlines on black gauze. Backing of black gauze.
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. 67
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