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Viet Nam

Title
Pair of rank badges for a 1st or 2nd rank official - crane
Place of origin
Viet Nam
Year
19th century
Media category
Textile
Materials used
embroidered silk, couched gold thread
Dimensions

25.5 x 23.5 cm

Credit
Gift of Judith and Ken Rutherford 2006
Accession number
300.2006.a-b
Location
Not on display
Further information

This pair of badges has faded considerably. The outline of the crane holding a peach in the mouth is clearly visible and was said to symbolise immortality. The crane insignia was awarded to 1st and 2nd rank civil officials. The peach branch also symbolised a successful scholar as it was one of the items the Emperor of Viet Nam presented to successful candidates in the imperial examinations. Five classic stylised waves frame the bottom section of the badges with delicately executed floral forms in the background. The border is couched gold thread in a key fret design.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2006