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Mandarin Square

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Native Name:
P'u-Fang
P'u-Tze
Object Number:
52-23-2
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Period:
Ming Dynasty
Date Made:
16th Century?
Early Date:
1500
Late Date:
1599
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Silk
Technique:
Embroidered
Satin Stitch
Iconography:
Dragon
Phoenixes
Gourds
Cherry Blossoms
Books
Pearl
Description:
Trapezoidal panel from the robe of an Empress to be worn at the New Year Festival. At center is a five-clawed dragon with pearl and above him facing each other are two phoenixes. Below is water with rocks at center and at the sides. There is a pearl and four books in the foreground. A pair of branches of cherry blossums and of gourds float on the gold colored background. Embroidered in satin stitch. The panel was attached to a brown silk piece of cloth which is mounted on a green piece of silk.
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: Figure 2, No. 2, p. 61
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