This 18th century Chinese rank badge with tiger is officially joining the Retro51 x The Met collection! In the Ming and Qing dynasty, badges like this one were embroidered to indicate civil officials or rank of military officers and would have been sewn onto the front of the individual's robes. A symbol of authority and bravery, the tiger adorned badge specified a senior commander (Rank 3) in the Ming dynasty and a regimental vice commander (Rank 4) in the Qing dynasty.
Silk-screened art on Stainless barrel
The Met logo top ring + logo imprint on the top disc