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Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number 53-12-1
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Manchu
Provenience China | Beijing
Period Qing Dynasty
Date Made 1880 - 1890 CE
Section Asian
Materials Fur | Silk | Feather

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.

Height 21 cm
Outside Diameter 36 cm
Credit Line Gift of Miss C. F. Bieber, 1953

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