A traditional symbol of endurance and renewal, the five-petalled plum blossom was readily associated with the five-pointed star of communism and the national flag. The blossom was used - sometimes in bud form, more often as an open flower - to embellish the depression on the reverse of Maozhang as an alternative to the much more common star. The close identification of plum blossom with Mao is exemplified by the badge at right, where the flower has been positioned off-centre directly behind his head.
h. 57mm w. 51mm 14.0g
h. 40mm w. 35mm 4.8g
h. 54mm w. 52mm 8.2g
The two badges below contain the same design elements and conform to the same instruction/description.
While the obverses are almost identical, the flowers on the reverse are noticeably different.