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Rank Badge

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi period (1662–1722)
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic thread tapestry (kesi)
Dimensions:
11 x 11 in. (27.9 x 27.9 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Bequest of William Christian Paul, 1929
Accession Number:
30.75.830
Not on view
The bird shown on this badge is a crane, corresponding to the highest rank of civil official. The badge is woven in a fine silk tapestry weave (kesi) with some details, especially outlines, in metallic thread. The sun, at the upper right, was a Qing-dynasty innovation not found on Ming badges.
William Christian Paul , the Bronx, NY (until d. 1929)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," 2007.

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