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Mandarin Square

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Native Name:
P'u-Fang
P'u-Tze
Object Number:
52-23-24
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Period:
Qing Dynasty
Date Made:
Late 18th Century - Early 19th Century
Early Date:
1775
Late Date:
1825
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Satin
Silk
Gold Thread
Technique:
Embroidered
Satin Stitch
Couched
Iconography:
Peacock
Sun
Bats
Peach
Fungus
Bamboo
Pine
Magnolia
mallow flower
Peony
Description:
Square rank badge for wife of third rank official. Bird at center faces sun and stands on rock amidst waves. Rocks in foreground, background and sides with peaches, fungus, bamboo, pine, magnolia, mallow flower and peony. Four bats in sky against blue-black satin. Predominance of couched gold thread with bird and some motifs in satin stitch. Greek fret border. Gold silk backing.
Height:
31.4cm
Width:
31.4cm
Thickness:
0.4cm
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. 24, p. 63
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