By Helen Wang
Thousands of Chairman Mao badges have been produced in the course of China's Cultural Revolution, and have been worn by way of just about all chinese language humans, from ultimate 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 offer an idea of scale, in China this present day critical collections commence at 10,000 diversified Mao badges. This catalogue starts off with the modest choice of three hundred Mao badges on the British Museum. it's the first critical catalogue of its sort in a Western language. whereas chinese language catalogues suppose an in depth earlier wisdom of chinese language innovative heritage, this new English catalogue is designed for the newbie and expert alike, delivering a story background, in addition to wide glossaries of the symbolic imagery and slogans stumbled 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