Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi period (1662–1722)
Silk and metallic thread tapestry (kesi)
11 x 11 in. (27.9 x 27.9 cm)
Bequest of William Christian Paul, 1929
Not on view
The bird shown on this badge is a crane, corresponding to the highest rank of civil official. The badge is woven in a fine silk tapestry weave (kesi) with some details, especially outlines, in metallic thread. The sun, at the upper right, was a Qing-dynasty innovation not found on Ming badges.
William Christian Paul , the Bronx, NY (until d. 1929)