Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Rank Badge with Qilin (?)

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
late 17th–early 18th century
Silk, metallic thread, and feather-thread supplementary wefts on silk satin
20 3/4 x 22 in. (52.70 x 55.88 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
Not on view
The identity of the animal on this rank badge is not completely clear. Most of its characteristics match those of a qilin-head like a dragon, two horns, scales on its body, tail like a Chinese lion's, and hooves. However, the animal's legs are very short by comparison with those of a more typical qilin, such as 36.65.6.
New York. Brooklyn Museum. "Exhibition of Techniques in Chinese Art," April 8, 1938–June 6, 1938.

New York. China Institute in America. "Animals and BIrds in Chinese Art from Private and Museum Collections," October 25, 1967–January 28, 1968.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," August 6, 2008–February 8, 2009.

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