About this object

A skull cap made from woven black horse hair. The cap has a thick ribbed band, the crown created from eight triangular panels stitched together in alternating lace pattern weaves. The finial is created from horse hair plaited around rope and knotted to create an endless knot.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Eastern Asia: China
  • Date made
    19th Century Late
  • Materials
    Hair Horse; Rope
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Francis Younghusband
  • Collector
    Francis Edward Younghusband
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1905 before
  • Measurements
    100 mm x 200 mm; 3 15/16 in x 7 7/8 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: Old label attached to cap reads, 'Cap of horse-hait used by Chinese in hot weather'. Younghusband would have had several opportunities to collect a cap like this, particularly on his overland trip across China and the Gobi desert, but also in Tibet, when meeting with the Chineses officials, who in photographs appear to be wearing a similar type of cap.
  • Related people
Object view = Humanities
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