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Viet Nam

Title
Pair of rank badges for a 3rd rank civil official - rooster
Place of origin
Viet Nam
Year
early 20th century
Media category
Textile
Materials used
embroidered silk; gold wrapped thread; peacock feather work
Dimensions

28.5 x 28.5 cm

Credit
Gift of Judith and Ken Rutherford 2006
Accession number
298.2006.a-b
Location
Not on display
Further information

This pair of 3rd rank rooster badges are surrounded by delicately embroidered floral symbols interspersed with tiny stylised bats. The rock formations have details of peacock feather work. The badges were carefully deconstructed and it was found that a sheet of gold foil had been placed behind the gauze so that glimpses appear through the gaps in the embroidery. The voided areas of the badges have been couched with gold wrapped thread which has been designed to form a column effect. The borders of these badges are comprised of Chinese embroidery, this was not unusual and often the embroidery is later than the badge itself. As has aniline dyes were used, these badges would appear to date from 20th century.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2006

Bibliography (2)

Judith Rutherford, Arts of Asia, 'Annamese Insignia: Rank Badges from Vietnam', pg. 118-128, Hong Kong, Sep 2006-Oct 2006, 127 (colour illus.). no. 13

Jill Sykes, Look, 'Badges tell a tale', pg. 34-37, Newtown, Apr 2007, 37 (colour illus.). The image on page 37 is part a of a pair.