Court Insignia badge (buzi)

Ming dynasty
16th century

Object Place: China


41.3 x 37.5 cm (16 1/4 x 14 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk satin patterned with supplementary silk and gold-leafed paper threads

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Rank badge from the front of garment with seam down the center. Orange satin ground patterned in polychrome silk thread. Gold-leafed paper with flying fish (fei yu), a winged dragon with a forked tail that was used after 1518 to signify a Ming dynasty noble or courtier of the second rank. Badge pieced together with two panels of blue silk patterned with gold. Metallic floral design and orange silk plain weave.


With the family of Gara Rinpoche of India and Tibet for many generations; given to Gesha Lodse of Bylakuppeludiaon, February, 2001; given to Thukten Lodde, March 2001; purchased by MFA, December 12, 2001.

Credit Line

Marshal H. Gould Fund