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Rank Badge with Mallow Flower
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
early 19th century
Silk and metallic thread embroidery on plainweave silk
9 3/4 x 11 1/2 in. (24.77 x 29.21 cm)
Bequest of William Christian Paul, 1929
Not on view
The mallow flower on this badge was the insignia of civil officials in the Sacred Music Department of the Qing government who performed slow rhythmic dances at court rituals. This type of badge appears in the Huang chao li qi tu shi, an illustrated set of imperial regulations from 1759.
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