Offered by: Tishu
By appointment only Atlanta, GA 30327 , United States Call Seller 305.400.0561


Antique Koran Embroidered Civil Rank Badge Joseon Dynasty

$ 6,800
  • Description
    A fine Korean silk embroidered rank badge from Joseon Dynasty circa late 19th century. The badge features a design of double flying cranes above the Li-sui waves, Lingzi longevity mushroom and rocks pattern, surrounded by auspicious clouds. The twin cranes badges were worn by the civil officials of the first to the third rank, while the fourth rank and below worn single crane. Colored silk threads were used in long and short satin stiches facilitated by couching stiches to create this intricate imagery.
    Originated in Chinese Ming court and known as "Mandarin Square" in the west, rank badges were used as symbolic identification of one's status in the civil and military service. The Ming tradition continued to Qing dynasty when it was coded with high formality, but it also spread to the Joseon court in Korea in the 15th century. Korean court adapted and modified the Chinese system; therefore, the symbolism and design layouts were distinct, yet they remained literally unchanged from the prototype for the next hundreds of years in Korean court.
    The rank badge on offer was a fine example of such work of art. It was presented in a floating black lacquer frame with a complimentary golden color fabric matt. The badge measures 12.25" in square.
    For similar twin crane badges dated to the same period, see Accession Number: 53.60.9 in the collection of Metropolitan Musuem of Art, NYC and T.198 dash 1920 and 1848A-1888 in the collection of Victoria and Albert Musuem, London.
    1848A-1888 is also featured on the cover of the book "Korean Art and Design" by Neth Mckillop as shown in the last picture.
  • More Information
    Origin: South Korea
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: silk and wood
    Condition: Fair. Fine antique textile condition. Nicely framed not examined out. There are small separations on the silk on the upper part, not deemed visually compromising.
    Creation Date: late 19th century
    Styles / Movements: Bespoke, Asian, Traditional
    Patterns: Animal/Insects, Asian/Oriental, Florals/Botanical, Geometric, Handmade
    Incollect Reference #: 599987
  • Dimensions
    W. 20 in; H. 19.25 in; D. 1 in;
    W. 50.8 cm; H. 48.9 cm; D. 2.54 cm;
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Our collection ranges from Neolithic Art to 20th century collectible art and design. It spans 5000 thousand years of history and crosses many civilizations and cultures. Our aesthetic strongholds are Mid-century studio design, Japanese and Korean art, Asian Textile Art and Contemporary Aboriginal Art. The diversity is united behind our singular vision to seek for timeless beauty and driven purely by our passion

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