badge of office; badge container

Single-eye peacock feather plume, hualing, encased in a brown lacquered tubular box, which is ovoid in section. The case is inscribed in gold paint with 'dang chao yi pin' on one side, indicating it was conferred upon a first-rank official. The other side is decorated with a red and gold dragon chasing a flaming pearl. The case has fitting caps with string at both ends, each decorated in gold paint with a key-fret band on the side, with the shou character, meaning longevity, on the top. Plumes of this type were attached to an official court hat. It was conferred by the Emperor upon nobles and officials from the first down to the sixth rank for distinctive achievement.

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