Court Beads: Manchu Rank Symbols in the Náprstek Museum

Helena Heroldová
2019 Annals of the Náprstek Museum  
Court beads worn with formal dress represented one of the symbols of social standing of the Qing dynasty aristocracy and officialdom. The appearance of court beads and material used for their production were prescribed in the 18th century encyclopaedic work The Illustrated Regulations for Ceremonial Paraphernalia of the Imperial Court. Nowadays, court beads are found in antiquities markets and in museum collections. The Náprstek Museum in Prague also keeps a small collection distinguished from
more » ... distinguished from the several tens of pieces of Qing dynasty formal dress, dress accessories, and other signs of social rank, the number of these items are surprisingly few. In order to answer the question about the scarcity of the objects, the origin of the collection has been studied.
doi:10.2478/anpm-2019-0017 fatcat:kbo63rgebzdg5fedpkgjjnpwrq