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An image of Insignia badge for the wife of a 5th rank military official with bear by

China

Title
Insignia badge for the wife of a 5th rank military official with bear
Place of origin
China
Period
Yongzheng 1723 - 1735Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
Year
1723-1735
Media category
Textile
Materials used
embroidery
Dimensions

37.0 x 38.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Judith Rutherford 2001
Accession number
27.2001
Location
Not on display
Further information

This is an insignia badge for the wife of a 5th rank military official. The insignia depicted is a bear that is couched in gold wrapped thread. The rock, representing the earth would have been originally couched with peacock feathers but this has not survived. The border of the badge was probably applied in Tibet.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 17 April 2001

Bibliography (3)

David Hugus, Ladder to the clouds, intrigue and tradition in Chinese rank, 'Evolution of Chi'ing Dynasty squares', pg. 215-290, Berkeley, 1999, 234, 235 (colour illus.). plate no. 15.017

David K. Hugus and David S. Yee, Arts of Asia, 'Evolution of Yongzheng Rank Badges', pg. 66-79, Hong Kong, Jan 2011-Feb 2011, 70 (colour illus.). image no. 10

Judith Rutherford and Jackie Menzies (Editors), Celestial silks: Chinese religious & court textiles, Sydney, 2004, 87, 89 (colour illus.). cat.no. 55