Badge featuring Mao in a straw hat

This gilt-edged badge features Mao in peasant farmer clothes. While Mao was often portrayed in a god-like manner in Cultural Revolution propaganda, he was also depicted in ways that made him seem more down to earth. The image of Mao with a farmer’s straw hat would have drawn him closer to the peasantry. Huge numbers of badges were produced at the height of the Cultural Revolution, from 1966 to 1969. Materials ranging from plastic and bamboo to gold were used to manufacture badges but aluminium was by far the most common material. Porcelain badges such as these were actually produced for only a short span of time (about a year). Their fragility may have contributed to the decline in their production.

Date/Period
Late 1960s
Region
China
Dimension
Object size: Dia: 6
Accession No.
1997-04946
Material
Porcelain
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr Xu Cheng Bin
Category
Ceramics