Rank Badge with Wild Goose


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The wild goose on this badge corresponds to the fourth rank of civil officials. This square is a fine example of an exquisite tradition in rank badges that developed in the eighteenth century. The bird is shown in a delicately delineated landscape complete with trees, flowers, rocks, waves, and flowing water. Some painted detail is included—for example, the dots on the light-green grass in the foreground.

Rank Badge with Wild Goose, Silk and metallic thread embroidery on silk satin, China

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