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Rank Badge with Bats (no insignia)

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk gauze embroidered with silk and metallic thread
Dimensions:
8 1/2 x 9 1/4 in. (21.59 x 23.50 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Gift of Alice Boney, 1955
Accession Number:
55.157.2
Not on view
This rank badge bears no rank insignia, that is, no bird or animal denoting the civil or military rank of the wearer. However, it does have a ring of bats encircling the empty space where the insignia belongs. In China bats were considered an auspicious pattern because the word for "bat" is similar in sound to the word for "happiness".
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Great Waves: Chinese Themes in the Arts of Korea and Japan I," March 1, 2003–September 21, 2003.

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