An image of Insignia badge for the wife of a 6th rank civil official with egret

Unknown Artist

Insignia badge for the wife of a 6th rank civil official with egret

Location
Not on display
Further information

The insignia depicted is an egret, and the badge would have been for the wife of a 6th rank official. Rank badges of this period were often referred to as "pictures in silk" and this is a good example. The egret is standing on the rock gazing at the sun. The clouds massing around the sun, shown in five auspicious colours, are typical of this period. The rocky forms on which the bird is standing represent the earth. A waterfall is cascading down the rocks on the left hand side of the badge. A pine tree - symbol of longevity - is shown sprouting from the rock. The only other symbol shown is a bat - the symbol for good fortune.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 17 April 2001

Place of origin
China
Period
China: Qing dynasty 1644–1911, Qianlong 1736–1795
Year
1736-1795
Media
Textile
Medium
embroidery on silk satin
Dimensions
23.6 x 23.6 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Judith Rutherford 2001
Accession number
28.2001