Insignia for the wife of a 2nd rank civil official (golden pheasant) - ROM2008_9901_7

ROM2008_9901_7

Insignia for the wife of a 2nd rank civil official (golden pheasant)

Medium:Silk tapestry with gold-wrapped thread (kesi)
Geography: China
Date: 1850-1900
Period: Tongzhi (r. 1861-1875) or Guangxu (r. 1875-1908), Qing Dynasty
Dimensions:
30 x 31.5 cm
Object number: 950.100.267.A-B
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Sigmund Samuel
Not on view
DescriptionThe distinctive coloration of golden pheasants was highly regarded in China. Beginning in the 15th century, the golden pheasant was the insignia for the second highest civil rank. Here, the rank image is surrounded by auspicious symbols. A ribbon-tied sceptre with swastikas and a chiming stone with branches of coral are actually visual puns – “may 10 000 wishes come true” and “may you have happiness and treasure.”
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