A MIDNIGHT-BLUE SILK SURCOAT WITH CRANE BADGE, BUFU
A MIDNIGHT-BLUE SILK SURCOAT WITH CRANE BADGE, BUFU
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A MIDNIGHT-BLUE SILK SURCOAT WITH CRANE BADGE, BUFU

LATE 19TH CENTURY

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A MIDNIGHT-BLUE SILK SURCOAT WITH CRANE BADGE, BUFU
LATE 19TH CENTURY
Made for a first rank civil official, the deep midnight-blue silk is applied on either side with an embroidered badges of cranes standing on lishui.
48 3⁄4 in. (123.8 cm.) long x 73 3⁄4 in. (187.3 cm.) wide

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The present surcoat would have been worn by a civil official of the first rank, as is indicated by its badge, which is embroidered with a white Manchurian crane. A similar surcoat with a crane badge is in the Huangchao liqi tushi (Illustrated Precedents for the Ritual Paraphernalia of the Imperial Court)i, illustrated by G. Dickinson and L. Wrigglesworth, Imperial Wardrobe, Berkeley, 2000, p. 126.

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