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Collection

An image of Insignia badge for a noble by

China

Title
Insignia badge for a noble
Other titles:
Imperial Duke's insignia
Place of origin
China
Period
Qianlong 1736 - 1795Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
Media category
Textile
Materials used
'kesi' [woven silk]
Dimensions

26.0 x 27.3 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Judith and Ken Rutherford 2000
Accession number
189.2000
Location
Not on display
Further information

In the Ming and Qing dynasties the aristocracy as well as civil and military officials wore rank-defining badges on the front and back of their robes. The front-facing dragon would have been worn by a Prince of the Blood, who had been granted the right to wear the five-clawed creature by the emperor. The rich motifs include the rocks, the waves and the cloud representing the earth, the sea and the sky symbolising the universe, and the peony, bat and lingzhi (magical mushroom) symbolising nobility and longevity.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012.

Bibliography (3)

Gary Dickinson and Linda Wrigglesworth, Imperial wardrobe, London, 1990, pg. 127. plate no. 106

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Marvel of Porcelain', Sydney, 2003, 126 (colour illus.).

Judith Rutherford and Jackie Menzies (Editors), Celestial silks: Chinese religious & court textiles, Sydney, 2004, 87, 88 (colour illus.). cat.no. 54

Exhibition history (2)

Celestial silks: Chinese religious & court textiles, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 31 Jul 2004–24 Oct 2004

Dragon (2012), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Jan 2012–06 May 2012