Art/ Collection/ Collection/ Art Object

Rank Badge with Bats (no insignia)

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk gauze embroidered with silk and metallic thread
Dimensions:
8 1/2 x 9 1/4 in. (21.59 x 23.50 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Gift of Alice Boney, 1955
Accession Number:
55.157.2
Not on view
This rank badge bears no rank insignia, that is, no bird or animal denoting the civil or military rank of the wearer. However, it does have a ring of bats encircling the empty space where the insignia belongs. In China bats were considered an auspicious pattern because the word for "bat" is similar in sound to the word for "happiness".
Related Objects

Woman's Ceremonial Robe (The Bat Medallion Robe)

Date: first half of the18th century Medium: Silk and metallic thread embroidery on silk satin Accession: 43.119 On view in:Not on view

Theatrical robe with eight trigrams

Date: late 19th century Medium: Silk and metallic thread embroidery on silk satin Accession: C.I.44.106.2 On view in:Gallery 220

Theatrical warrior’s jacket with dragons

Date: 18th century Medium: Silk and metallic thread embroidery on silk satin Accession: 45.89 On view in:Gallery 220

Theatrical robe with phoenix and floral patterns

Date: 19th century Medium: Silk thread embroidery on silk satin Accession: 30.76.12 On view in:Gallery 220

Dish with grapes and squirrels

Date: 18th century Medium: Jade (jadeite) Accession: 50.145.118 On view in:Gallery 219