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Mandarin Square

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Native Name:
P'u-Fang
P'u-Tze
Object Number:
52-23-47
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Period:
Qing Dynasty
Date Made:
18th Century
Late Date:
1952
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Silk
Satin
Gold Thread
Technique:
Embroidered
Couched
Satin Stitch
Iconography:
Mandarin Duck
Sun
Cypress
Narcissus
Fungus
Ju-i
Umbrella
Halberd
chime
Description:
Square rank badge for seventh rank official to be worn on front of robe. At center Mandarin Duck facing sun stands on a rock beside a stream in a landscape. Ruyi, royal umbrella, halberd and music stone appear in the water. Lucky plants include cypress tree, narcissus and fungus. Clouds in the sky. Very fine couched twisted silk and couched gold with bird embroidered at a later date in satin stitch all on blue-black satin. Border is of couched gold threads. Vertical seam at center with blue silk backing with discoloration and a few holes.
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 47, p. 66
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