About this object

Summer hat or chag da for a fourth grade Tibetan official. Orange brocade above, red brocade below rim. Crown covered in red silk tassels. Surmounted by gilded copper knob set with a turquoise stone. It has a blue and red braided chin strap fixed at both ends with gold wire endless knots finished with silk blue tassels.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Lhasa
  • Date made
    1924 about
  • Materials
    Textile Silk; Yarn Silk; Yarn Wool; Alloy Copper; Gilt Metal; Metal; Paper Plant; Turquoise
  • Location
    Item currently on loan
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Frederick Marshman and Irma Bailey
  • Collector
    Frederick Marshman Bailey
  • Place collected
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Lhasa
  • Date collected
    1924 about
  • Measurements
    170 mm x 350 mm
  • Note
    Curator's notes: A record in the archive notes that this is the type of outfit worn by a Tibetan Minister of State (Shapé) and was bought by Eric Bailey while he was on an official state visit to Lhasa in 1924. This informationis handwritten in a note by then curator Margaret Warhurst and seems to have come directly from Irma Bailey, Eric Bailey's wife. Written by Emma Martin.
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    Publisher: V & A Publications
    Date: 2008

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