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Title

Yuan Shikai nine symbol roundel

1915-1916

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Yuan Shih-Kai
    Place where the work was made
    China
    Date
    1915-1916
    Media category
    Textile
    Materials used
    embroidered silk
    Dimensions
    20.0 x 20.0 cm
    Credit
    Gift of Judith and Ken Rutherford 2005
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    113.2005
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • About

    Yuan Shikai (1859-1916), an official in Qing imperial government, proclaimed himself the first President of China after the 1911 Revolution. He reminisced about the old empire with its traditions and had hoped in 1915 to restore vestiges of it primarily leading the way himself. One of the customs he sought to restore was the ranking system. His officials were to be ranked using the 12 Imperial Symbols, and the highest official was to wear nine symbols as on this roundel. They include: dragon, pheasant, libation cups, fire, waterweed, mountain, the character ‘fu’ for good luck, plate of grain, and an axe. A number of medallions were created but never worn as intended since Yuan faced a number revolts to his rule before his death in 1916.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Dragon (2012), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Jan 2012–06 May 2012