A VERY RARE GOLD-GROUND BROCADE RANK BADGE OF A TIGER, BUZI
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A VERY RARE GOLD-GROUND BROCADE RANK BADGE OF A TIGER, BUZI

17TH CENTURY

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A VERY RARE GOLD-GROUND BROCADE RANK BADGE OF A TIGER, BUZI
17TH CENTURY
Made for a third-rank military official, the badge is woven with a tiger with blue striated fur amidst scrolling clouds and flames, tossed with a flaming pearl, a gold ingot, and a roll of silk, all above crashing waves.
12 7⁄8 x 14 3⁄8 in. (32.3 x 36.2 cm.)
Provenance
Jon Eric Riis.
Literature
B. Jackson and D. Hugus, Ladder to the Clouds, Berkeley, 1999, p. 220, 15.003 and back cover.
D. Hugus, Chinese Rank Badges: Symbols of Power, Wealth, and Intellect in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Hong Kong, 2021, p. 68, fig. 6.3a.
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There are far less extant examples of military officials’ badges than civil official’s badges, likely because there were far more military than civil posts (see, G. Dickinson and L. Wrigglesworth, Imperial Wardrobe, Berkeley, 2000, p. 126). A similarly-worked brocade military badge, but with a dark blue ground, is in The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 46-27, and illustrated in Antiques & The Arts Weekly, “Lively Creatures: Animals in Chinese Art”, 14 January 2022, p. 31.

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