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.
Purchased from J. S. Letcher
[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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