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明早期 刺繡獅子補
Rank Badge with Lion

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
15th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic-thread embroidery on silk gauze
Dimensions:
Overall: 14 1/2 x 14 1/4 in. (36.8 x 36.2 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, in honor of Myron S. Falk Jr., 1988
Accession Number:
1988.154.1
Not on view
During the Ming dynasty, the audience robes of government officials bore insignia designating rank. While different birds represented civil ranks, military ranks were represented by a variety of real and mythical quadrupeds. The lion, as seen on this badge, symbolizes the highest military rank.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," August 3, 2004–November 15, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," May 16, 2008–August 3, 2008.

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