Rank Badge with Decoration of Two Cranes among Clouds
Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)
Silk embroidery on silk satin damask
7 1/2 x 6 3/4 in. (19.1 x 17.1 cm)
Seymour Fund, 1953
Not on view
Rank badges embroidered with one or two cranes flying among clouds were reserved for civil, rather than military, officials. Usually woven of colorful threads, the design here has a limited two-tone palette of white and green-blue. Such badges were usually worn during the one hundred days after the three-year mourning period following the death of a king or queen.
[ Edker Pope, Fine Art , Pasadena, CA, until 1953; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Maebyông," October 30, 2007–March 3, 2008.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Still Life in Korean Art," June 7, 2014–February 1, 2015.