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An image of Civil rank badge, 1st or 2nd rank by

Viet Nam

Civil rank badge, 1st or 2nd rank
Other titles:
Rank badge for a 1st or 2nd rank civil official
Place of origin
Viet Nam
19th century
Media category
Materials used
embroidered silk in satin stitch

25.5 x 23.5 cm

Gift of Judith and Ken Rutherford 2006
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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

Bibliography (2)

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, Newtown, Apr 2007, 36 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

One hundred flowers (2011), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Sep 2011–15 Jan 2012