About this object

A dancer's crown made from card covered in silk. The crown is divided into five sections, each embroidered with couched gold and silver threads, in a Chinese style, with flowers and butterflies in the top two-thirds of each panel. Each panel is a different colour left to right; lilac, pale blue, red, black and yellow, each panel is edged with the same blue and white woven braid. The panels are backed with bright pink cotton and strengthened with a pasted on paper in the bottom third. The crown folds in on its self and is stored in a matching navy blue silk case that is also decorated with the same couched gold and silver embroidery.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    Early 20th Century
  • Materials
    Textile Silk; Glue; Wire; Gold; Silver; Paper Cardboard; Fibre Textile Cotton
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1900 - 1945
  • Measurements
    200 mm x 215 mm x 20 mm; 7 7/8 in x 8 7/16 in x 13/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: No entry in the List of Curios, as the object is unprovenanced it could easily have been an early acquisition in Sikkim or during Bell's 1907 trip to China.

    Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell (Collector)

Where is this object from?

Object view = Humanities
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