Hat child

Han-style Chinese hat in the shape of a temple, i.e. a scholar’s hat with young monarch (Qi-Lin?) decoration. The protruding sides of the hat resemble dragons. The rear flap is embroidered with fine split silk lotus, crane and other symbols. On the sock is a black velvet bat for happiness. Long tassels with glass beads. The endless bows on the sides were added later with ink. The cotton lining of the back flap has water stains. Until the early 20th century, the most coveted male social status was that of high-ranking imperial official. To achieve this rank required a mastery of classical Chinese texts and the passing of tough examinations, so little boys were encouraged to study hard from an early age. This hat, inspired by the headdresses worn during the Ming dynasty, symbolizes wishes for future professional success.

  • Accession Number 2022.33.02
  • Period 3rd quarter of the 19th century
  • Materials fiber, cotton
  • Measurements 35 x 25 x 14 cm
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  • Accession Number 2022.33.02
  • Period 3rd quarter of the 19th century
  • Materials fiber, cotton
  • Measurements 35 x 25 x 14 cm
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© Pointe-à-Callière Collection,2022.033.002
Photo by Victor Diaz Lamich

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