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Rank Badge with Qilin

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
late 17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic thread embroidery on plain-weave silk patterned in gauze
Dimensions:
15 x 15 1/4 in. (38.10 x 38.73 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
36.65.6
Not on view
The qilin is a fantastic animal shown here in its conventional form. The flames shooting from the creature's body signify its supernatural powers. After 1662 the qilin became the insignia of military officials of the first rank; before that time it was worn by nobles.
[ Julia St. Clair Krenz , New York, until 1936; sold to MMA]
New York. Brooklyn Museum. "Exhibition of Techniques in Chinese Art," April 8, 1938–June 6, 1938.

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

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