Insignia for the wife of a 7th rank civil official (mandarin duck) - ROM2008_9910_7

ROM2008_9910_7

Insignia for the wife of a 7th rank civil official (mandarin duck)

Medium:Silk and gold tapestry (kesi) with painted detail
Geography: China
Date: 1725 – 1775
Period: Yongzheng (r. 1722-1735) or Qianlong (r.1735-1795), Qing Dynasty
Dimensions:
24 x 26 cm
Object number: 950.100.310.A-B
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Sigmund Samuel
Not on view
DescriptionMandarin ducks were thought to mate for life, and hence became symbols of constancy and contentment. They were first used as civil insignia in the 15th Century. The imperial government relied on the services of thousands of civil servants to administer laws throughout the empire. This bureaucracy was divided into nine ranks, each represented by a bird.
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