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Rank Badge with Mandarin Duck

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic thread embroidery on silk satin
Dimensions:
Overall: 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 in. (31.1 x 31.1 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Bequest of William Christian Paul, 1929
Accession Number:
30.75.1021
Not on view
The mandarin duck corresponds to the seventh civil rank. The birds on rank badges referred to actual species but did not necessarily reflect nature; they were represented in ways that became conventional but were not always consistent. Here, for example, the mandarin duck's feet are not webbed, while the mandarin duck in the badge exhibited next to this one has webbed feet.
William Christian Paul , the Bronx, NY (until d. 1929)
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