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Civil rank badge, 1st or 2nd rank

19th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Rank badge for a 1st or 2nd rank civil official
    19th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    embroidered silk in satin stitch
    25.5 x 23.5 cm
    Gift of Judith and Ken Rutherford 2006
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

  • About

    On first glance the crane badge would appear to be Chinese, but on closer examination the Vietnamese attributes are evident. The seven water mounds at the bottom of the badge, the sprig of peach tree with peaches, the wealth symbol on the left of the crane and the calligraphy brush are all classic Vietnamese iconography. The bird and the waves are embroidered in satin stitch and the remaining embroidery is tiny knot stitch. It seems probable that these type of badges were produced at embroidery workshops in the southern part of China to Vietnamese patterns.

    Judith Rutherford, 'Annamese Insignia: Rank Badges from Vietnam', Arts of Asia, October 2006

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

    • Judith Rutherford, Arts of Asia, 'Annamese Insignia: Rank Badges from Vietnam', pg. 118-128, Hong Kong, Sep 2006-Oct 2006, 128 (colour illus.). no. 14

    • Jill Sykes, Look, 'Badges tell a tale', pg. 34-37, Sydney, Apr 2007, 36 (colour illus.).