A kesi woven seventh rank civil mandarin duck badge for a man Maximize

A kesi woven seventh rank civil mandarin duck badge for a man

Kesi
China
18th century
Qing
Height : 29,5 cm / Width : 29,5 cm
French private Collection

The rank badge adorned in the center with a mandarin duck perched on a rock among the waves and looking to the left towards a red sun, symbol of the power of the emperor. The animal stands out against a dense background of golden clouds and foliage and surrounded by the Eight Buddhist Emblems (Ba ji xiang). The patterns made in kesi tapestry technique. The border decorated with a frieze of foliage. The rank badge system (补 子 buzi) was codified in 1391 during the Ming Dynasty and was taken up under the Qing Dynasty. These rank badges appeared in the front and back of the pufu, the garment of the officials of the court. The officials were organized in accordance with a hierarchy, civil rank symbolized by a bird and military rank symbolized by an animal.

HAIG Paul & SHLETON Marla. Threads of Gold. Chinese textiles Ming to Ch'ing. P. 84-85.