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Rank Badge with Egret

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
late 18th century
Silk and metallic thread tapestry (kesi)
11 1/2 x 12 1/4 in. (29.21 x 31.11 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of William Christian Paul, 1929
Accession Number:
Not on view
The egret corresponds to the sixth civil rank. Tapestry-woven (kesi) in colorful silk with gold thread for the background, this rank badge shows the egret surrounded with waves, rocks, clouds, bats, and flowering plants, including a peach tree, connoting longevity. Below the waves is a stylized water pattern (li shui), which first began to appear on rank badges in the eighteenth century.
William Christian Paul , the Bronx, NY (until d. 1929)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," August 6, 2008–February 8, 2009.

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