A very fine Chinese antique silk embroidered festival hat, Qing dynasty, late 19th century.
This special hat has been carefully embroidered all by hand with the finest materials with the greatest attention to detail.
This one has a very detailed crouching tiger on the top of a lotus flower, embroidered in silk with copper and gold wire threads that help the articulated pieces to stand and/or move.
There is a decorative hand embroidered silk panel on each side of the hat with a different design, all with blossoms and most with a bird or butterfly.
It is lined inside with a floral cotton fabric and red silk panels at each side.
Condition overall is brilliant for the age, slight separation of the band to the top though this is an easy fix and in no way detracts.
This would have been a girls hat, possibly of Bai origin, these hats are still worn in some remote parts of China with different meaning such as protection, health etc.
We have a selection of Chinese festival hats that have all come from the same family and kept together.
Approx 18" circumference, 4.5" drop each side and the tiger is approx 2" width.
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