Spink & Son, London, purchased from a Tibetan family 
From 1986 to 2017
Shirley Z. Johnson, purchased in April 1986 from Spink & Son, Ltd. 
Freer Galley of Art, given by Shirley Z. Johnson in 2017
 Jacqueline Simcox of Spink & Son informed Shirley Z. Johnson at the time of the acquisition that the object belong to a Tibetan family residing in London, and was presumably brought with them when they fled the country in the 1950s. See Jacqueline Simcox to Shirley Z. Johnson, June 27, 1986.
 See note 1.
Ming-period insignia (rank) badge woven in the kesi (slit, or discontinuous-weft, tapestry) tecnhique that depicts a band of swirling water at the bottom, behind which a blue rock sits flanked by two peony flowers. A phoenix perches on the rock. A second phoenix flies amongst elongated clouds in the sky, swooping down towards its mate. The tail feathers of the phoenixes are distinct indicating a male/female pair. Tails with barbed feathers indicate a male and a scrolling tail indicates a female. The two tails here are not as clearly differentiated as usual but it appears it is the male descending. The badge has faded unevenly with more fading on the viewer's right side.
- Published References
- Ms. Shirley Z. Johnson. A Textile Collector's Approach to Collecting. July-August Hong Kong, 1995. 126, 128, 3.
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
- Rights Statement
Copyright with museum