Collection Area: Chinese Art

699 objects

Ritual vessel (pou) with cover

Ceremonial vessel with a cover, of the type “p’ou.” Rim broken; holes in foot rim and side wall. Surface: smooth jade-green patina merging into blue, with areas of green and brown incrustation. Decoration: in relief. Crocketed flanges (some broken). Inscription inside.


Badge for third rank civil official with two peacocks, peonies, clouds, and lingzhi fungus

This Badge depicts two peacocks–the peacock being the insignia for a Third Rank Civil Official (and by some accounts was also used for fourth-rank officials in the Ming). One peacock soars in flight and the other stands on a rock near water. Peony blossoms, symbolic of prosperity and honor, and a sprig “lingzhi, the so-called …