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明早期 緙絲獅子補
Rank Badge with Lion

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
15th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic-thread tapestry (kesi)
Dimensions:
Overall: 15 1/2 x 14 1/2 in. (39.4 x 36.8cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. C. Y. Chen and Anonymous Gifts, 1988
Accession Number:
1988.154.2
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.
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