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Mandarin Square

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Native Name:
P'u-Fang
P'u-Tze
Object Number:
52-23-35
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Period:
Qing Dynasty
Date Made:
Late 19th Century
Early Date:
1875
Late Date:
1900
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Silk
Gold Thread
Technique:
Embroidered
Couched
Peking Knot
Couched Twist
Iconography:
Silver Pheasant
Eight Buddhist Symbols
Three Halberds with Vase
chime
Bell
Sun
Bats
Peony
Peach
Marigold
Description:
Square rank badge for civil official. To be worn on front of robe. Silver Pheasant faces the sun as it stands on a rock amidst waves. Vase with three halberds, bronze bell and Buddhist symbols float in the waves. Peony, peach and marigold grow on the rocky banks. Six bats and clouds fill the sky. Greek fret pattern on border. Primarily done in couched gold thread with the bird and sun in Peking Knot and details of bird's beak and legs in couched twist on blue-black silk. Vertical seam down center .
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. 35, p. 65
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