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Rank badge – double phoenix

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    late 15th-early 16th century, ca, 1500
  • Geography

  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x W: 33.6 × 38.7 cm (13 1/4 × 15 1/4 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    "Ming-period insignia (rank) badge woven in the kesi (slit, or discontinuous-weft, tapestry) tecnhique that depicts a band of swirling water at the bottom, behind which a blue rock sits flanked by two peony flowers. A phoenix perches on the rock. A second phoenix flies amongst elongated clouds in the sky, swooping down towards its mate. The tail feathers of the phoenixes are slightly differentiated, which likely indicates a male/female pair. Tails with barbed feathers indicate a male and a scrolling tail indicates a female. The two tails here are not clearly enough differentiaed to be certain about the bird's gender, but it appears likely it is the female is descending.The badge has faded unevenly with more fading on the viewer's right side."
  • Provenance

    In 1986
    Spink & Son, London, purchased from a Tibetan family [1]
    From 1986 to 2017
    Shirley Z. Johnson, purchased in April 1986 from Spink & Son, Ltd. [2]
    From 2017
    Freer Galley of Art, given by Shirley Z. Johnson in 2017
    [1] Jacqueline Simcox of Spink & Son informed Shirley Z. Johnson at the time of the acquisition that the object belong to a Tibetan family residing in London, and was presumably brought with them when they fled the country in the 1950s.
    See Jacqueline Simcox to Shirley Z. Johnson, June 27, 1986.
    [2] See note 1.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Looking Out, Looking In: Art in Late Imperial China (October 14, 2017 - ongoing)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Shirley Z. Johnson
  • Type

    Costume and Textile
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