15 September 2011
AN EMBROIDERED SATIN CIRCULAR WOMAN'S RANK BADGE OF A CRANE
Made for the wife of a civil official of the first rank, finely worked in fine couched gold and silver thread and satin stitch with the crane (xianhe) facing the sun as it stands on a rock emerging from rolling waves tossed with 'precious objects' above a gold and silver lishui stripe, flanked by flowers and lingzhi growing from rocks and surrounded by Daoist emblems and the wufu suspending ribbon-tied wan emblems amidst ruyi-shaped clouds, the crane's poll and the sun stitched with coral-colored beads and the beak and legs in pale blue-green thread, with further details in white and magenta, all within a border of bats alternating with shou characters
12 in. (30.5 cm.) diam., mounted, lucite frame
Valery M. Garrett Collection.
Linda Wrigglesworth, London.
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