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Mandarin Square

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Native Name:
P'u-Fang
P'u-Tze
Object Number:
52-23-50
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
Gold Thread
Technique:
Embroidered
Satin Stitch
Split Satin Stitch
Couched
Iconography:
Mandarin Duck
Sun
Pearls
Swastika
Rhinoceros Horn
Fungus
Ju-i
Coin
Jewel
Bats
Peach
Peony
Bamboo
Fungus
Narcissus
Description:
Square rank badge for wife of seventh rank official. At center Mandarin Duck faces the sun as it stands on a rock amidst waves. Pearls, swastika, rhinoceros horn, coin, fungus, jui-i scepter and diamond-shaped lucky jewel float in the waves. Peach tree, peonies, bamboo, fungus and narcissus grow on the rocky banks at either side. Two red bats fly above amidst lotus flowers with tendrils in couched gold thread. Border in Greek fret motif. Done in satin stitch and split satin stitch with couched gold thread on black silk. Tan colored patterned silk backing.
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. 66
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