About this object

A Bhutanese high official's hat. The cap is made from red silk brocade and has a wide upturned brim covered in black silk with fine silk embroidery of foliage designs. The cap has a coral bead and copper gilt vajra or dorje finial. There are blue silk streamers attached to the brim that would fall on the wearer's back and additionally the hat has a strap at either side which would be tied under the chin.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Southern Asia: Bhutan
  • Date made
    19th Century Late
  • Materials
    Bead; Textile Silk; Yarn Silk; Fibre Textile Cotton; Copper Alloy; Metal Gilt
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Frederick Marshman and Irma Bailey
  • Collector
    Bailey, Frederick Marshman; Bailey, Irma
  • Place collected
    Asia: Southern Asia: Bhutan
  • Date collected
    1921 - 1928
  • Measurements
  • Note
    Curator's note: This hat is similar that that worn by Kunzang Trinley (the Thimphu Dzongpon) in 1904 at the conclusion of the Lhasa treaty negotiations. See Michael Aris, The Raven Crown, p.88. Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Frederick Marshman Bailey ( Collector); Irma Bailey ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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