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Title

Insignia badge for a noble

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Imperial Duke's insignia
    Place where the work was made
    China
    Period
    Qianlong 1736 - 1795 Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
    Media category
    Textile
    Materials used
    'kesi' [woven silk]
    Dimensions
    26.0 x 27.3 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Judith and Ken Rutherford 2000
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    189.2000
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • About

    In the Ming and Qing dynasties the aristocracy as well as civil and military officials wore rank-defining badges on the front and back of their robes. The front-facing dragon would have been worn by a Prince of the Blood, who had been granted the right to wear the five-clawed creature by the emperor. The rich motifs include the rocks, the waves and the cloud representing the earth, the sea and the sky symbolising the universe, and the peony, bat and lingzhi (magical mushroom) symbolising nobility and longevity.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications