Hong Kong/New York: Oxford University Press, 1990. Hardcover. White boards with color-illustration and black lettering. 66 pp. BW and color illustrations. VG. Item #165986
Mandarin squares, the embroidered insignia found on the robes of the ruling mandarin class in China's Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), are prized collectors' pieces. This volume provides a lucid account of the mandarin system of government and methods of selecting mandarins. Richly illustrated, the volume traces the origin and development of mandarin squares, and describes the symbolism and embroidery techniques of the insignia. -Amazon.
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