Insignia for a 5th rank military official (bear) - ROM2008_9903_3

ROM2008_9903_3

Insignia for a 5th rank military official (bear)

Medium:Silk satin embroidered with floss silk and gold-wrapped thread
Geography: China
Date: 1850 – 1875
Period: Qing Dynasty
Dimensions:
31 x 32 cm
Object number: 950.100.11
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Sigmund Samuel
Not on view
DescriptionThe red disc on rank badges was an innovation of the Qing dynasty. It is thought to symbolize the emperor to whom the animals and birds of rank directed their gaze. The badge for the chest was split to accommodate the front opening of the surcoat. The birds and beasts on men’s badges face the sun disk in the upper left hand corner. The orientation for women’s badges is reversed so that when husband and wife sit together, the badge emblems appear facing each other
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