An image of Insignia badge for a noble

Unknown Artist

Insignia badge for a noble

Other titles:
Imperial Duke's insignia
Location
Not on display
Further information

In the Ming and Qing dynasties the aristocracy as well as civil and military officials wore rank-defining badges on the front and back of their robes. The front-facing dragon would have been worn by a Prince of the Blood, who had been granted the right to wear the five-clawed creature by the emperor. The rich motifs include the rocks, the waves and the cloud representing the earth, the sea and the sky symbolising the universe, and the peony, bat and lingzhi (magical mushroom) symbolising nobility and longevity.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012.

Place of origin
China
Period
China: Qing dynasty 1644–1911, Qianlong 1736–1795
Media
Textile
Medium
'kesi' [woven silk]
Dimensions
26.0 x 27.3 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of Judith and Ken Rutherford 2000
Accession number
189.2000