Born in Vietnam’s last Imperial Citadel – Hue, this sub-collection from the ongoing project “Annam Heritage” borrows the artisanal essence of the splendid *rank badges of the Nguyễn dynasty.
Rank badges, or mandarin squares, were large embroidered badges sewn onto the back and front of surcoat of either an official or an imperial member in Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese courts. They were embellished with detailed, splendid animal or bird insignia indicating the rank of the person wearing it. In Vietnam, the mandarin squares were used for the first time in the Lê dynasty in Lê Thánh Tông's reign (1471).
Thanks for BARO’s private collection which houses a wide range of antiques from both Qing and Nguyen dynasty, some of the uniqueness of our last imperial glory’s badges were meticulously developed, and depicted on this collection: “Resplendent Honors” - Phong Công Hiển Tú 【豐功顯秀】.