19 March 2008
AN EMBROIDERED DARK BLUE SILK CIVIL OFFICIAL'S RANK BADGE OF A GOLDEN PHEASANT, BUZI
SECOND QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
Made for a civil official of the second rank, finely worked in Peking knot with the bird facing the sun as it alights atop a rock emerging from froth-capped waves, flanked by a peach tree and peonies and surrounded by lingzhi-shaped clouds and bats, within a border of bats and shou characters, all picked out in muted shades of blue, coral, yellow, green, mauve and white
12 x 13 in. (30.5 x 33 cm.)
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Compare the similar badge of a golden pheasant worked in Peking knot from the collection of David Hughes illustrated by B. Jackson and D. Hughes, Ph.D., Ladder to the Clouds, Berkeley, 1999, p. 263.
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