Chinese Decorative Designs Colouring Book


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In a tradition practised for hundreds of years, throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties, Chinese military and civil officials wore large silk badges on the front and back of their robes. The embroidered or tapestry squares signified the individual’s rank based on the animal depicted. Also called buzi, or mandarin squares, the textiles are popular with collectors. Badges worn on the front may have been split down the centre to accommodate the opening of the robe. Tiny beads or pearls were sometimes used as ornamentation, and painted details may also be seen. While most badges illustrate existing animals, the presentation is not always lifelike. Ducks may or may not have webbed feet; flames shooting from the body of the bear (20) denote supernatural powers.

This colouring book features the Chester Beatty image Rank badge with leopard, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), 19th century, CBL C 3312. Colouring pages (22 images) are blank on the back so they can be cut out and displayed.

This book is in paperback format and measures 27.43 x 21.08 x 1.02 cm.



  • Dimensions: 27.43 x 21.08 x 1.02 cm
  • Weight: 260g
  • Publisher: Pomegranate Communications ( 2018)
  • Pages: 48
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780764982255