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Court Insignia badge (buzi)

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Rank badge from the front of garment with seam down the center. Orange satin ground patterned in polychrome silk thread. Gold-leafed paper with flying fish (fei yu), a winged dragon with a forked tail that was used after 1518 to signify a Ming dynasty noble or courtier of the second rank. Badge...

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With the family of Gara Rinpoche of India and Tibet for many generations; given to Gesha Lodse of Bylakuppeludiaon, February, 2001; given to Thukten Lodde, March 2001; purchased by MFA, December 12, 2001.

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Marshal H. Gould Fund

Chinese, Ming dynasty, 16th century

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41.3 x 37.5 cm (16 1/4 x 14 3/4 in.)

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Silk satin patterned with supplementary silk and gold-leafed paper threads


Textiles and Fashion Arts