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An official's mandarin buzi badge with an image of a wild goose
MNK VI-7338
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Why this is a
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This valuable badge, belonging to a fourth-ranking official and dating back to the late Manchu Dynasty, was decorated with numerous symbols of luckand longevity. These include e.g. bats with swastikas and twigs surrounding the bird as well as items belonging to the Eight Treasures (babao). The badge was made applying dingjin xiu technique - a couching stitch using a metal thread with a silk core. This technique, originating in antiquity, involved forming a patern of connected gold cords, fastened to the fabric with a silk yarn. The Qing Dynasty saw the development of colour variations in threads - from gold, through red-gold to gold with purple-red shade and silver. All these hues in combinationwith the dark bluebackground of the presented badge make it shimmer with exeptional brillance.

History of the Object
Mandarin buzi badges constituted an important element of an official's attire as they reflected the rank of the dignitaries who wore them. Introduced in 1391, during the regin of the Ming Dynasty, the badges functioned until the fall of the Empire in 1911.

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Type
Textile 
Materials
Silk, golden thread, embroidery 
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Geography
China 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
first half of the 19th century 
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Acquisition
Donated by Helena Dąbczańska, 1907 
Copyright
The National Museum in Krakow 
Acknowledgements
Beata Pacana Curator Far Eastern Art Department The National Museum in Krakow 
Owner
The National Museum in Krakow 
Museum
The National Museum in Krakow 
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