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Chinese Kesi Mandarin Rank badge / Antique Mandarin square

Reference
NPH 36
Height
32 cm (12 1/2")
Width
49 cm (19 1/4")
Mandarin rank badge of an Egret which is the 6th rank.

Chinese squares or rank badges showed which rank you had achieved in the examinations and your rank had designated roles which you could be in charge of.

The 6th rank jobs could include Secretaries and Tutors in the Imperial Academy and Hanlin Institutes, Secretaries and registrars in Various Imperial offices, Astronomer, Law Secretaries and Buddhist and Taoist Priests , (Ladder to the Clouds by Beverly Jackson and Michael Hugus)

This type of rank badge was produced when the amount of silk was on the low side. Excellent condition and framed and conserved

This was from the back of the robe
Height
32 cm (12 1/2")
Width
49 cm (19 1/4")
Year
c 1860
Medium
Silk
Country
China