By Helen Wang
Hundreds of thousands of Chairman Mao badges have been produced in the course of China's Cultural Revolution, and have been worn via just about all chinese language humans, from prime Zhou Enlai all the way down to the smallest baby. Made in a wide selection of fabrics (aluminium, plastic, bamboo, porcelain, gold, silver, copper, iron and lead) and with an intensive diversity of shapes, sizes and designs, they instantly turned creditors' goods. to provide an concept of scale, in China this day critical collections begin at 10,000 varied Mao badges. This catalogue starts off with the modest number of three hundred Mao badges on the British Museum. it's the first critical catalogue of its style in a Western language. whereas chinese language catalogues suppose an in depth past wisdom of chinese language innovative background, this new English catalogue is designed for the newbie and professional alike, supplying a story historical past, in addition to huge glossaries of the symbolic imagery and slogans chanced on at the badges.
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Chairman Mao Badges: Symbols and Slogans of the Cultural Revolution (British Museum Research Publication) by Helen Wang