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chinese Mandarin Square - Rank badge

Reference
5554
Framed Height
44 cm (17 1/4")
Framed Width
45 cm (17 3/4")
Chinese silk Mandarin Rank badge for the 7th rank Civil Service Official. the badge is from the back of a mans robe and is in couched gilt thread to show a Mandarin Duck. The bird is on rock work above a turbulent stripy sea with Ruyi headed shaped clouds in the sky which also has Buddhist items added for increased luck and prosperity.

The badge as is it is cluttered with symbolism for luck and longevity probably dates from the end of the Emperor Daougongs reign. the owner was hoping for the very least to maintain his station and hopefully increase his status under a new Emperors regime. Emperors liked the badges to be simpler but as their power waned so the Mandarins had more elaborate badges for superstitious reasons.

The seventh rank official would have had one of the following positions, the assistant Police Magistrate, A Registrar of Studies, A Director of Studies in Beijing, A District Magistrate or a salt Controller. All were for the seventh rank but within them some where obviously more prestigious.
Framed Height
44 cm (17 1/4")
Framed Width
45 cm (17 3/4")
Year
c 1860
Medium
silk and gilt thread
Country
China
Provenance
From a private English Collection
Condition
some losses which are evident in the picture but now are conserved