Rank Badge (buzi), 1391–1527 Medium: silk, gilded paper Technique: plain weave with discontinuous wefts (tapestry) Label: silk and metallic tapestry (k'ossu). Gift of John Pierpont Morgan. 1902-1-433.
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.