Insignia for a musician - ROM2008_9910_6


Insignia for a musician

Medium:Silk satin embroidered with floss silk and gold-wrapped thread
Geography: China
Date: 1875 – 1900
Period: Guangxu (r. 1875-1908), Qing Dynasty
30 x 30.5 cm
Object number: 950.100.190.A-C
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Sigmund Samuel
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The rank badge formula, even without a bird or animal, was used to make domestic clothing more formal. Here the butterfly and peony, symbols of beauty and prosperity, would have conveyed auspicious wishes for a woman on her birthday.

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