Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Rank badge

Rank badge

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk satin embroidered with coloured silks and gold thread

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with Art Fund support

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This roundel is probably intended to be a rank badge for a court official of the Manchu-ruled Qing Dynasty of China (1644-1911). Such badges were made to adorn the front and back of a navy blue surcoat worn by court officials during ceremonial and courtly functions. The roundel is formed of two semi-circular parts, suggesting that it was made to be appended to the front of the coat. The two halves may have been joined latterly to form a decorative panel.

Stylised images of birds and animals were respectively used to indicate the different ranks of civil and military officials. This badge depicts a stylised silver egret, and would have been worn by a Civil Official of the Fifth Rank.

Physical description

Embroidered rank badge in the shape of a roundel, formed of two halves. Embroidery on navy blue ground silk in satin stitch with gold couched embroidery and seed stitches. Depicts a stylised Silver Pheasant.

Place of Origin

China (made)


19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk satin embroidered with coloured silks and gold thread


Diameter: 27 cm

Object history note

Registered File number 1947/374. From the collection of Bernard Vuilleumier.

Descriptive line

Rank badge, silk satin embroidered with coloured silks and gold thread, China, Qing dynasty, 19th century.


Textiles; Embroidery


East Asia Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.