Rank Badge with Bear

Silk, metallic thread, and feather-thread supplementary weft-patterned silk satin | 33 x 29.2cm | Late 17th-early 18th century

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The bear represents the fifth military rank. While the birds used in Chinese rank badges correspond to actual species, the animals usually do not. Instead, many are fantastic animals, and all were chosen for their supernatural power. Bears on rank ba...
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