Banner made of silk with gold dragon painted on each side.
- Made in: Tianjin
- Found/Acquired: Tianjin
- Length: 89 centimetres
- Width: 89.5 centimetres
Temporary Register (1861-1921), p.159. British and Medieval Extracts Register (1903-1921), p.189. Not included in main Ethnography Register,v.3.
Banner presented to Colonel Charles Ellis by the Chinese Government in 1870. Colonel Ellis was the first British officer to enter the city of Tientsin, and was in command of the Marines during the attack on the Summer Palace, when that city was taken by the British in the above year. In recognition of his humanity and the action he took in saving the lives of the Chinese City Guard, he was presented by the Government with three banners. Of these Colonel Ellis gave one to Pembroke Stephens, K.C. whose widow presents it to the British Museum. [Museum archives: no further details available.]
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