Woodblock-printed official notice, gaoshi, mounted on a hanging scroll of ink on paper. This notice, supposed to be hung on a city gate, announced that a local official in Chongqing city, Sichuan province, was to be awarded a feather plume for his outstanding services. Dated to the 2nd lunar month of the 20th year of the Guangxu reign period, 1894.

This item was purchased from the Reverend Robert Davidson and his wife Mary Jane Davidson, who were Quaker missionaries working with the Friends’ Foreign Mission Association in Szechwan from 1886-1894. The Museum acquired 338 items from the Davidsons, many of them collected to illustrate talks on everyday life in China which they gave when they were in Britain on leave.

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