Leopard, Third Rank Military Official

Leopard, Third Rank Military Official

c. 1870
Country
China
badge, insignia
Silk embroidery on silk
Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of James P. Grant and Betty Grant Austin
1977.230

Leopard Third Rank Military Official Badge, China, about 1870. Silk embroidery on silk. Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of James P. Grant and Betty Grant Austin, 1977.230.

Dimensions
height: 12 1/2 in, 31.7500 cm; width: 11 7/8 in, 30.1625 cm
Department
Textile Art and Fashion
Collection
Textile Art and Fashion-Asian
This badge has a black background with additional colors of orange, blue, green, brown, white, all stitched with silk threads. There is an orange leopard as the center motif, surrounded by an endless knot in the upper left. Other motifs include a conk shell on the left, two bats to the right and left of the leopard. There is a 3/4 border with blue and white embroidered and a bat motif at each corner. At the center of the border on all four sides is an orange Ji motif.
Known Provenance
Inherited 1973 by Mr. James P. Grant and Mrs. Betty Grant Austin [Denver, CO, 1922-1995 and 1920-2006]; gifted December 1977 by Mr. James Grant and Mrs. Betty Grant Austin to the Denver Art Museum
Exhibition History
  • "Threads of Heaven: Silken Legacy of China's Last Dynasty," October 30, 2011 - January 29, 2012 (DAM)
  • "Threads of Heaven: Silken Legacy of China's Last Dynasty," Februrary 7 - May 18, 2014 (Taft Museum, Cincinnati, OH)