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Title

Civil rank badge, 1st or 2nd rank


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

On first glance the crane badge would appear to be Chinese, but on closer examination the Vietnamese attributes are evident. The seven water mounds at the bottom of the badge, the sprig of peach tree with peaches, the wealth symbol on the left of the crane and the calligraphy brush are all classic Vietnamese iconography. The bird and the waves are embroidered in satin stitch and the remaining embroidery is tiny knot stitch. It seems probable that these type of badges were produced at embroidery workshops in the southern part of China to Vietnamese patterns.

Judith Rutherford, 'Annamese Insignia: Rank Badges from Vietnam', Arts of Asia, October 2006


Details


Other Title

Rank badge for a 1st or 2nd rank civil official


Place where the work was made

Viet Nam


Date

19th century


Media category

Textile


Materials used

embroidered silk in satin stitch


Dimensions

25.5 x 23.5 cm


Credit

Gift of Judith and Ken Rutherford 2006


Location

Not on display


Accession number

297.2006



Place

Where the work was made
Viet Nam

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Judith Rutherford, Arts of Asia, 'Annamese Insignia: Rank Badges from Vietnam', pg. 118-128, Hong Kong, Sep 2006-Oct 2006, 128 (colour illus.). no. 14

Jill Sykes, Look, 'Badges tell a tale', pg. 34-37, Sydney, Apr 2007, 36 (colour illus.).