Rank Badges from the Chinese Collection of the Náprstek Museum

Pages 87–138
Keywords Rank badges, Chinese bureaucracy, China, second half of the 19th century, Kesi weaving technique, Chinese embroidery, Chinese symbols, Golden couching technique
Type of Article Peer-reviewed
Citation HEROLDOVÁ, Helena. Rank Badges from the Chinese Collection of the Náprstek Museum. Annals of the Náprstek Museum. Prague: National Museum, 2011, 32(1), 87–138. ISSN 0231-844X (print), 2533-5685 (online). Also available from: https://publikace.nm.cz/en/periodicals/annals-of-the-naprstek-museum/32-1/rank-badges-from-the-chinese-collection-of-the-naprstek-museum
Annals of the Náprstek Museum | 2011/32/1

The Chinese collection of the National Museum-Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures contains 44 “rank badges”, the official rank insignia of the Chinese bureaucracy from the second half of the 19th century. In this article I focus on description of the items including the techniques of their production, and their symbolic meaning. Their origin in the museum collection is also mentioned.

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