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Childs Mandarin Rank Badge of a Siver Pheasant

Chinese Mandarin Rank Badge from the back of a Childs Robe. The bird is a silver Pheasant for the 5th rank of the civil service. The bird is appliqued on to the badge
Although children were not officially allowed to show the rank of their father when the Emperor's power was weak or he was indifferent to the protocol this was over looked.
Children's rank badges for this reason are not as common as the adult ones and often not in such good condition
The fifth rank of the civil service were responsible for various jobs including circuit judges, inspectors of the salt distribution and instructors at the Imperial School
This badge is from the back of the robe and is intricately embroidered with various gilt and coloured metallic threads
private collection
Overall very good but a small loss of thread to the border in one area
See ladder to the clouds by Beverly Jackson and Michael Hugus
Item Number 6068

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Material Silk
Age c. 1880
Dimensions Width 54.00 cm  (21.26 inches)  
Height 54.00 cm  (21.26 inches)