Tiananmen, emblematic of central authority and the People's Republic, is usually depicted on the obverse of badges either below or alongside Mao's portrait. In some cases, generally on commemorative badges, it was used as a reverse symbol either alone or with other motifs e.g. sunrays, flags, stars, hammer and sickle.
The badge at left (from a set of nine issued by Songlin Revolutionary Committee) has the obverse inscription,
"A single spark can start a prairie fire"; the reverse is inscribed "Jinggangshan" and a line from Mao's poem, "The foe encircles us thousands strong".
h. 39mm w. 36mm 5.3g
Commemorating the Zhenbao Island incident
Commemorating the January Revolution and the success of the Ninth National Congress
h. 37mm w. 35mm 3.7g
h. 43mm w. 43mm 6.1g
Commemorating the Ninth National Congress
Commemorating Mao receiving a PLA artillery unit
for other reverse symbols see: Reverse Matters