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Rank Badge with Wild Goose

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic thread embroidery on silk satin
Dimensions:
Overall: 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (24.1 x 24.1 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Bequest of William Christian Paul, 1929
Accession Number:
30.75.874
Not on view
The wild goose on this badge corresponds to the fourth rank of civil officials. This square is a fine example of an exquisite tradition in rank badges that developed in the eighteenth century. The bird is shown in a delicately delineated landscape complete with trees, flowers, rocks, waves, and flowing water. Some painted detail is included—for example, the dots on the light-green grass in the foreground.
William Christian Paul , the Bronx, NY (until d. 1929)
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