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A Pair of Antique Chinese Silk & Gold Embroidery Rank Badge

Circa 1800

Qing Dynasty
1644-1911 A.D

Size 13" x 13"
Size 33 x 33cm

Top & Below are Detail Images

Rank Badge information Below


Asian Textile History

 

Antique Chinese Rank Badge
 


Civil Rank Badges

1st Rank Crane Recognized by a red cap on head
2nd Rank Golden Pheasant Recognized by two tail feathers
3rd Rank Peacock Recognized by elaborate tail feathers
4th Rank Wild Goose Recognized by black marks like comas
5th Rank Silver Pheasant Recognized by five tail feathers
6th Rank Egret Legs appear in variety of colors
7th Rank; Mandarin Duck Recognized by blue tail
8th Rank Quail Recognized by dumpy shape and scales
9th Rank Paradise Flycatcher Recognized by two long tail feathers with single circle in each


Military Badges

1st Rank Chi-lin, a mythological animal
2nd Rank Lion
3rd Rank Leopard
4th Rank Tiger
5th Rank Bear
6th Rank Panther Cat
7th Rank Rhinoceros
8th Rank Rhinoceros
9th Rank Sea Horse
The badges are generally 11 inches square, although sometimes you will find them 12 inches square. And occasionally you come across small pairs of badges made for the eldest son of a proud father, the insignia being the fathers rank. These came in late in the Qing dynasty when rules about costume became very relaxed


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