37.0 x 38.0 cm
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
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