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Festival Hat

Type: Clothing - Headwear
Object Name: Festival Hat
Place Made: Asia: East Asia, China, Northeast China, Hebei
People: Han
Period: Late 19th to mid 20th century
Date: 1870 - 1960
Dimensions: L 17 cm x W 11 cm x H 26 cm x 16 cm in diameter
Materials: Silk; cardboard; gold foil/leaf; metal thread
Techniques: Satin; glued; embroidered; straight stitch; appliquéd; chain stitch; Peking knot; fringed; padded
ID Number: T86.0603
Credit: Gift of Fred Braida

For special occasions, Chinese mothers dress their young children in hats representing powerful animals such as tigers. It was believed that tigers frightened away evil spirits and ensured a prosperous future.

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