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Rank badge

Rank badge

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk satin embroidered with coloured silks and gold thread

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund

  • Museum number:

    T.240-1948

  • 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)

Date

19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk satin embroidered with coloured silks and gold thread

Dimensions

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.

Categories

Textiles; Embroidery

Collection

East Asia Collection

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