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Rank Badge with Mandarin Duck

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
late 17th–early 18th century
Silk and metallic thread tapestry (kesi)
11 x 10 1/2 in. (27.9 x 26.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Anonymous Gift, 1946
Accession Number:
Not on view
The mandarin duck corresponds to the seventh rank of civil officials.

By the end of the seventeenth century, Qing dynasty norms had developed and taken hold in the iconography of rank badges. At that time the animals and birds on badges were depicted looking at a sun disk, said to represent the emperor. It is seen in the upper right of this badge.
New York. China House Gallery. "Kesi and Silk Tapestry," March 24, 1971–May 27, 1971.

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