University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:53-12-1
Current Location: On Loan
Provenience: China
Period: Qing Dynasty
Date Made: 1880 - 1890 CE
Early Date: 1880
Late Date: 1890
Height: 21 cm
Outside Diameter:36 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Miss C. F. Bieber, 1953


Women's hat. Upright brim of black otter fur. Crown of royal blue silk ornamented with gold braid forming the shou sign (long life) with swastikas; together they mean "May you live ten thousand years." Knot of red silk cord at top. Peacock feather. Two long streamers of the blue silk with silk and metal thread embroidery including the bat and the jade music stone, both also symbols of long life. The peacock feather is in a black box which keeps the crown in shape; the whole hat is in a box covered with flowered green silk brocade.

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