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Title

Pair of rank badges for a 3rd rank civil official - rooster

early 20th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Viet Nam
    Date
    early 20th century
    Media category
    Textile
    Materials used
    embroidered silk; gold wrapped thread; peacock feather work
    Dimensions
    28.5 x 28.5 cm
    Credit
    Gift of Judith and Ken Rutherford 2006
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    298.2006.a-b
    Copyright

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  • About

    This pair of 3rd rank rooster badges are surrounded by delicately embroidered floral symbols interspersed with tiny stylised bats. The rock formations have details of peacock feather work. The badges were carefully deconstructed and it was found that a sheet of gold foil had been placed behind the gauze so that glimpses appear through the gaps in the embroidery. The voided areas of the badges have been couched with gold wrapped thread which has been designed to form a column effect. The borders of these badges are comprised of Chinese embroidery, this was not unusual and often the embroidery is later than the badge itself. As has aniline dyes were used, these badges would appear to date from 20th century.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2006

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Viet Nam

  • 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, 127 (colour illus.). no. 13

    • Jill Sykes, Look, 'Badges tell a tale', pg. 34-37, Sydney, Apr 2007, 37 (colour illus.). The image on page 37 is part a of a pair.