Badges of Rank (Puzi)
Crane textile badges, indicating the highest rank in the Chinese Imperial civil service.
Badges of rank were textile badges indicating the weares rank within the civil or military service as well as among the members of the Imperial family. They are thought to have originated during the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368). The badges displayed various species that whether real or mythical signified the wearer's rank.
- Crane - Civil Official 1st rank.
- Golden Pheasant - Civil Officials 2nd rank
- Peacock - Civil Official 3rd rank.
- Goose - Civil Official 4th rank.
- Silver Pheasant - Civil Official 5th rank
- Lesser Egret - Civil Official 6th rank
- Mandarin Duck - Civil Official 7th rank
- Quail - Civil Official 8th rank
- Paradise Flycatcher - Civil Official 8th rank
- Oriole - Musician
- Xiazhai (Rhino looking creature but with two horns) - Censor
- Unicorn or Qilin Military Officials of the 1st rank
- Lion Shizi - Military Officials of the 2nd rank
- Leopard - Military official of the 3rd rank
- Tiger - Military official of the 4th rank
- Bear - Military official of the 5th rank
- Tiger Cat Biao - Military official of the 6th rank
- Rhinoceros - Military official of the 7/8th rank
- Sea Horse - Military official of the 9th rank