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Medallion with Two Peacocks

Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
16th century
Silk and metallic-thread tapestry (kesi)
Overall: 14 x 14 in. (35.6 x 35.6 cm) Mount: 17 1/2 x 18 in. (44.5 x 45.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1942
Accession Number:
Not on view
This medallion was a rank badge for a civil official of the third rank during the Ming dynasty. Originally square, it has been cut—perhaps to serve as the cover of a round box. Ming rank badges were usually woven or embroidered as part of an official’s robe; later, in the Qing dynasty, separate badges were applied to their garments.
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