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What is this?

Part of a Ming dynasty First Rank square showing a pair of cranes with spread wings arched across a gold sky filled with brightly colored attenuated cloud streamers. Birds are white with gray and black lower wing feathers and throats, vermillion crests, and beak, feet and eye details in black and pale green. Cloud bands are white with shades of blue, pale green, yellow and vermillion on a gold metallic ground.

This is a rank badge (buzi) from China. It is dated 1368–1644 and we acquired it in 1902. Gift of John Pierpont Morgan. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

medium: silk, gilded paper technique: plain weave with discontinuous wefts (tapestry) label: silk and metallic tapestry (k'ossu)

Its dimensions are

H x W: 34 x 31.1 cm (13 3/8 x 12 1/4 in.)

This object was catalogued by Jean Elizabeth Mailey and donated by John Pierpont Morgan

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