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Rank Badge with Qilin

The qilin is a mythological animal that was the insignia of a duke, an imperial son-in-law, or certain high military officials.

Artist/maker unknown, Chinese

Made in China, Asia

Kangxi Period (1662-1722)


Silk plain weave with silk and gilt thread embroidery in couching, satin, outline, and padded satin stitches

14 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches (37.5 x 34.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

* Gallery 236, Asian Art, second floor

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Credit Line:
Purchased with the John T. Morris Fund from the Carl Schuster Collection, 1940

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