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mandarin Square, chinese rank badge paradise Fly Catcher

Reference
5618
Framed Height
46 cm (18")
Framed Width
47 cm (18 1/2")
Mandarin rank badge embroidered all in gilt thread to show the ninth rank insignia of a Paradise Fly Catcher . The embroidery shows the bird standing on a rock with a turbulent stripy sea. The sky is intensely decorated with Ruyi headed clouds with Buddhist symbols amongst them

Although the 9th rank was along with the fifth rank was where there were the most Mandarins the insignia of the Flycatcher is one of the rarer ones. Maybe that is because families wee not too proud to show the achievements of that ancestor.

This badge is from the back of the wifes robe reflecting her husbands rank. The intense decoration is an indication that the power of the Emperor was waning as, as a rule, the Emperors preferred the mandarins badges to be less cluttered. The large amount of good luck symbols would bear this out.

The ninth rank were usually, jail wardens, deputy district registrars or Tax examiner.
Framed Height
46 cm (18")
Framed Width
47 cm (18 1/2")
Year
c 1860
Medium
silk and gilt thread
Country
China
Literature
See Ladder to the Clouds by Beverly Jackson and Michael Jackson for similar
Condition
All framed and conserved although some wear across the top of the badge.