Mao Badge 5
Chairman Mao Badges were mass produced in China during the period of Mao Zedong's leadership of the Communist Party in a variety of materials, including plastic, metal, bamboo and porcelain. By the time of the Cultural Revolution, they were worn by virtually everyone in society at the time, from the elite of the Communist Party on down to small children - except for those branded class enemies, who were forbidden to. Typically, the badges feature an image of Chairman Mao in profile with revolutionary iconography and slogans in the background. In this badge, a bronze Chairman Mao can be seen in profile surrounded by a ring of text reading, "Northeast People's United Army - Mao Badge". This suggests a medal that would have been given to members of volunteer anti-Japanese military units in what used to be called Manchuria, or China's northeastern regions, during the 1930s and 1940s.