15 September 2011
A RARE SEED PEARL-EMBROIDERED SATIN CIVIL OFFICIAL'S RANK BADGE OF A CRANE, BUZI
Made for a civil official of the first rank and finely worked in satin stitch and seed stitch, the seed pearl-embroidered crane (xianhe), shown facing the sun as it stands on a rock emerging from breaking waves tossed with 'precious objects' and bordered below by lingzhi-shaped clouds, flanked by peaches to one side and roses and lingzhi to the other, and surrounded by the wufu in flight amidst further clouds, all picked out in muted shades of blue, coral, grey, white and black, and couched gold thread, within an outer border of couched gold thread key fret
12 in. (30.5 cm.) square, mounted, lucite frame
Linda Wrigglesworth, London.
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A crane rank badge with similar embroidery, color scheme and design, as well as the use of seed-pearls to highlight the body, dated to the Daoguang period, is illustrated by L. Wrigglesworth, The Badge of Rank III, London, 1996, p. 23.
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