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Insignia for the wife of a 3rd rank civil official (peacock) - ROM2008_9901_3

ROM2008_9901_3

Insignia for the wife of a 3rd rank civil official (peacock)

Medium:Satin embroidered in silk and gold-wrapped threads
Geography: China
Date: 1775 – 1800
Period: Qing Dyansty
Dimensions:
28 x 28 cm
Object number: 950.100.67
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Sigmund Samuel
Not on view
DescriptionPeacocks have been used to signify rank since the late Tang dynasty (618 – 960). Chinese gold threads were made of narrow strips of gold-leaf paper wrapped around a silk thread. Different colours of gold leaf, paper substrate or core thread created different tones. The thread was structurally weak, but effective when attached to the surface with tiny couching stitches.
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