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Rank Badge with Qilin (?)
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
late 17th–early 18th century
Silk, metallic thread, and feather-thread supplementary wefts on silk satin
20 3/4 x 22 in. (52.70 x 55.88 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1936
Not on view
The identity of the animal on this rank badge is not completely clear. Most of its characteristics match those of a qilin-head like a dragon, two horns, scales on its body, tail like a Chinese lion's, and hooves. However, the animal's legs are very short by comparison with those of a more typical qilin, such as 36.65.6.
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