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    Sale 2108

    The Imperial Wardrobe: Fine Chinese Costume And Textiles From The Linda Wrigglesworth Collection

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 24

    A KESI CIVIL OFFICIAL'S RANK BADGE OF A MANDARIN DUCK, BUZI

    MID-19TH CENTURY

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    A KESI CIVIL OFFICIAL'S RANK BADGE OF A MANDARIN DUCK, BUZI
    MID-19TH CENTURY
    Made for a civil official of the seventh rank, the bird shown facing the sun as it alights on a rock emerging from froth-capped waves tossed with four of the Eight Buddhist Emblems (bajixiang) above a lishui stripe, surrounded by ruyi-shaped clouds interspersed with the wufu and the other four Buddhist Emblems reserved on a ground of scrolling tendrils in gold-wrapped thread, all in shades of blue, coral, green and white, with painted details, within a border of gold foliate scroll
    11¼ x 12¼ in. (28.5 x 31 cm.)


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    The seventh rank included the post of District Magistrate, the most important official with whom the vast majority of ordinary Chinese people would have any dealings.
    Two very similar badges from the collection of Judith Rutherford are illustrated by B. Jackson and D. Hughes, Ph.D., Ladder to the Clouds, Berkeley, 1999, p. 269.