Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, in honor of Myron S. Falk Jr., 1988
Not on view
During the Ming dynasty, the audience robes of government officials bore insignia designating rank. While different birds represented civil ranks, military ranks were represented by a variety of real and mythical quadrupeds. The lion, as seen on this badge, symbolizes the highest military rank.
[ Lisbet Holmes , London, until 1988; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," August 3, 2004–November 15, 2004.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," May 16, 2008–August 3, 2008.