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Two Chinese embroidered silk rank badges, Qing dynasty, 19th century.

Estimate
6 000 - 8 000 SEK
530 - 707 EUR
564 - 752 USD
Hammer price
9 500 SEK
Purchasing info
For condition report contact specialist
Cecilia Nordström
Stockholm
Cecilia Nordström
Head Specialist Asian Ceramics and Works of Art, European Ceramics and Glass
+46 (0)739 40 08 02
Two Chinese embroidered silk rank badges, Qing dynasty, 19th century.

Back and front. A bird dancing on fierce waves surrounded by Buddhist emblems and cloud formations. Outer framework decorated with alternating bats and shou characters. Measure 29x30.5 cm. Measure 39x40 cm.

Wear. Set varies a bit.

More information

Mandarin squares were first authorized for the wear of officials in the sumptuary laws of 1391 of the Ming dynasty.  The use of squares depicting birds for civil officials and animals for military officials was an outgrowth of the use of similar squares, apparently for decorative use, in the Yuan dynasty. The original court dress regulations of the Ming dynasty were published in 1368, but did not refer to badges as rank insignia. These badges continued to be used through the remainder of the Ming and the subsequent Qing dynasty until the imperial system fell in 1912.

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