23.6 x 23.6cm
The insignia depicted is an egret, and the badge would have been for the wife of a 6th rank official. Rank badges of this period were often referred to as "pictures in silk" and this is a good example. The egret is standing on the rock gazing at the sun. The clouds massing around the sun, shown in five auspicious colours, are typical of this period. The rocky forms on which the bird is standing represent the earth. A waterfall is cascading down the rocks on the left hand side of the badge. A pine tree - symbol of longevity - is shown sprouting from the rock. The only other symbol shown is a bat - the symbol for good fortune.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 17 April 2001
'Collectors world: Helen Perrell and the Chinese badge' by Tuyet Nguyet & Stephen Markbreiter, pg. 128-135., Arts of Asia Jul 1991-Aug 1991, Jul 1991-Aug 1991, 132 (colour illus.). Illustrated on the upper left corner of page 132.
Beverley Jackson (United States of America) (Author), David Hughes (United States of America) (Author), Ladder to the clouds, intrigue and tradition in Chinese rank, Berkeley, 1999, 240 (colour illus.), 241. plate no. 15.022
Judith Rutherford (Australia) (Editor), Jackie Menzies (Australia) (Editor), Celestial silks: Chinese religious & court textiles, Sydney, 2004, 87, 89 (colour illus.). cat.no. 57
Inspirations - Art ideas for primary and middle years 2004, 2004, cover (colour illus.), 9 (colour illus.). card 9
Celestial silks: Chinese religious & court textiles, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 31 Jul 2004–24 Oct 2004.