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Chinese Military Mandarin pair of rank badges

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Category
Period
Reference
5244
Height
29 cm (11 1/2")
Width
30 cm (11 3/4")
Chinese Mandarin squares. A PAIR of Rank badges for the Military for the second rank embroidered with a Lion. The badge also shows eight of the Buddhist auspicious emblems both in the sky and the sea.

The animal is appliqued on to the badge where it is above a turbulent sea with the stripes couched in gilt and silver thread. The clouds are embroidered in blue silk and out lined in gilt thread

The duties of the second rank military official included The banner Captain General. Commandants of Divisions, brigade General and Major General.



Military rank badges are the rarer of the Mandarin Squares as fewer were issued as it was a smaller elite than the civil arm. When the Qing Dynasty was overturned then many of these badges were destroyed to protect their owners.



These are a true pair of badges

The size is of the badge not including the frame
Height
29 cm (11 1/2")
Width
30 cm (11 3/4")
Year
c 1860
Medium
Silk
Country
China
Provenance
private English collection
Literature
For a similar example see Ladder to the clouds by Beverly Jackson and Michael Hugus no. 15.063
Condition
The badges are perfect and have been framed and conserved. They are a true PAIR