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Childs Mandarin Rank Badge of a Siver Pheasant

Reference
6068
Height
20 cm (7 3/4")
Width
20 cm (7 3/4")
Framed Height
54 cm (21 1/4")
Framed Width
54 cm (21 1/4")
Chinese Mandarin Rank Badge from the back of a Childs Robe. The bird is a silver Pheasant for the 5th rank of the civil service. The bird is appliqued on to the badge

Although children were not officially allowed to show the rank of their father when the Emperors power was weak or he was indifferent to the protocol this was over looked.

Childrens rank badges for this reason are not as common as the adult ones and often not in such good condition

The fifth rank of the civil service were responsible for various jobs including circuit judges, inspectors of the salt distribution and instructors at the Imperial School

This badge is from the back of the robe and is intricately embroidered with various gilt and coloured metallic threads
Height
20 cm (7 3/4")
Width
20 cm (7 3/4")
Framed Height
54 cm (21 1/4")
Framed Width
54 cm (21 1/4")
Year
c 1880
Medium
Silk
Country
China
Provenance
private collection
Literature
See ladder to the clouds by Beverly Jackson and Michael Hugus
Condition
Overall very good but a small loss of thread to the border in one area