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 through just about all chinese language humans, from most excellent Zhou Enlai right 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 in depth variety of shapes, sizes and designs, they instantly grew to become creditors' goods. to offer an concept of scale, in China this day critical collections begin at 10,000 diverse Mao badges. This catalogue begins with the modest selection of three hundred Mao badges on the British Museum. it's the first critical catalogue of its type in a Western language. whereas chinese language catalogues suppose an intensive previous wisdom of chinese language innovative background, this new English catalogue is designed for the newbie and professional alike, providing a story background, in addition to vast glossaries of the symbolic imagery and slogans came across at the badges.
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Chairman Mao Badges: Symbols and Slogans of the Cultural Revolution (British Museum Research Publication) by Helen Wang