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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.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles of the Yuan and Ming Dynasties," April 1, 2005–July 25, 2005.

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

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of the Ming Dynasty: China's Age of Brilliance," January 23, 2009–September 13, 2009.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles: Ten Centuries of Masterpieces from the Met Collection," August 15, 2015–June 19, 2016.

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