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16609

Seated Mandarin Official
Item No. 16609

18th - 19th Century, Taoist / Popular Religions, China
Lacquer over Wood with Gilt
35.5" x 17.5" x 13"
( 90.17 x 44.45 x 33.02 cm)
(H x W x D)

This very high ranking official sits proudly holding up his belt in his left hand and firmly placing his right hand on his knee to display his revered status. The square on his chest is a rank badge indicating he was a mandarin official, a status achieved after years of arduous mental and physical training. Preparation for official examinations started as early as age three, and some men would spend a lifetime unrewardingly trying to become a mandarin. Those few who successfully completed their examinations were among the most powerful men in Imperial China and their mandarin squares --- large embroidered badges sewn onto the front and back of their coats ---were responsible for letting everyone know their elevated status.

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