Rank Badge, China, Antique – Chock full of auspicious symbols and beautifully executed motifs, this extraordinary imperial Chinese rank badge depicts a magnificent dragon with richly detailed facial features, dramatic extended claws, fiery accouterments and a glowing pearl. Five auspicious bian fu bats, which represent the five blessings of life, are carefully tucked into the lavishly decorated background. Spiraling ruyi-shaped clouds that have an airy fluidity are seamlessly blended among the frothy waves and dramatic sea motifs that decorate the lower segment of the field. A grand sun-like motif, which features symbolic pinyin characters, decorates the upper segment of the ornate circular emblem. The exquisite borders depict a partial repeat of an elaborate pattern with scrolling vines and poly chromatic bian fu bats set over an onyx background.