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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Chairman Mao badge.(obverse) Three-quarter bust of Mao (in gold) facing left on red sun background, with an upper background of stippled gold, and lower background in white. Mao wears a double-breasted overcoat with seven buttons visible, his right arm raised, palm showing, his left arm behind his back. To left (below his arm) are Jinggangshan, Yan'an and Tian'anmen, all in gold. Below Mao is a red bar with the dates
    1921–1969, and a gold hammer and sickle between the two dates. At lower left are branches of plum blossom in gold and yellow.
    (reverse) Inscription - first part of inscription in Lin Biao's calligraphy.


  • Date

    • 1966-1976
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 60 millimetres
    • Height: 60 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Language

        Chinese and English
      • Inscription Content

        毛主席万岁Long live Chairman Mao
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Mao zhuxi wansui / Long live Chairman Mao
      • Inscription Comment

        Bilingual inscription.
  • Curator's comments

    This object was made during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976).

  • Bibliography

    • Attwood 2004 bibliographic details
    • Wang 2008 300 bibliographic details
    • Wang 2008a p.34, fig.2 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2008 10 Apr-14 Sept, London, BM, Icons of Revolution
    2013 May-Aug, British Museum Gallery 91, Propaganda

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Associated events

    • Commemoration of: 1st National Congress of the CCP (1921)
    • Commemoration of: 9th National Congress of the CCP (1969)
    • Associated Event: Cultural Revolution
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Coins & Medals

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • DH 1242
Chairman Mao badge.

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