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Title

Insignia badge for the wife of a 6th rank civil official with egret

1736-1795

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    China
    Period
    Qianlong 1736 - 1795 Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
    Date
    1736-1795
    Media category
    Textile
    Materials used
    embroidery on silk satin
    Dimensions
    23.6 x 23.6 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Judith Rutherford 2001
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    28.2001
    Copyright

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  • About

    The insignia depicted is an egret, and the badge would have been for the wife of a 6th rank official. Rank badges of this period were often referred to as "pictures in silk" and this is a good example. The egret is standing on the rock gazing at the sun. The clouds massing around the sun, shown in five auspicious colours, are typical of this period. The rocky forms on which the bird is standing represent the earth. A waterfall is cascading down the rocks on the left hand side of the badge. A pine tree - symbol of longevity - is shown sprouting from the rock. The only other symbol shown is a bat - the symbol for good fortune.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 17 April 2001

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications