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Rare Yuan Shi Kai Badge High Rank 9 Imperial Symbols

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Textiles: Pre 1910: Item # 1180940

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A rare Yuan Shi Kai badge with 9 imperial symbols. These badges were used in the Jifu in the early Republic period. They have 12 imperial symbols, 9 imperial symbols, 7 imperial symbols, and 5 imperial symbols. The more the imperial symbols, the higher the rank. The 12 imperial symbols are reserved to the President only. The 9 imperial symbol badge as offered here was used by the high rank officials (1st rank officials) just below the president. While I've seen several 7-symbol and 5-symbol badges in the auctions, this is the only 9-symbol badge I've seen. Date: early Republic. Size: 20cm across. Condition: good.