Insignia for a 1st rank civil official (crane) - ROM2008_9910_8

ROM2008_9910_8

Insignia for a 1st rank civil official (crane)

Medium:Silk twill embroidered with floss silk and gold-wrapped thread
Geography: China
Date: early 18th century
Period: Kangxi (r. 1661-1722) or Yongzheng (r. 1722-1735), Qing Dynasty
Dimensions:
34 x 33.5 cm
Object number: 950.100.123
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Sigmund Samuel
Not on view
DescriptionThe crane is one the most revered symbols in China. It was believed to live 1000 years, changing to its adult white plumage only after passing 500 years of age. A crane standing on a rock in the incoming tide while facing the sun is a visual pun meaning may you rise in high office.
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