rank insignia

A pair of rank badges, buzi, with couched gold- and silver-coloured metal-wrapped thread embroidery on a black silk satin ground to be sewn onto the front and back of a court surcoat. The textile squares are backed with light blue tabby-woven silk. They depict a silver pheasant standing with one claw on a rock with its wings spread. It is surrounded by water, flowers, clouds, four bats and other symbols, including a sword, fan, scroll, umbrella, the Buddhist wheel of law, endless knot and double gourd. The sun has been filled with small red beads of coral or carnelian. The silver pheasant denotes that these are badges of a fifth rank civil official.

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