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Commentary

This buttonless coat or ‘chapan’ is of a type common across Central Asia. It may have been collected by Henry Landsell, a clergyman-cum-explorer who published several popular accounts of his travels in the last two decades of the nineteenth century.

Some of the objects in his collection were received by Landsell as diplomatic gifts (see 27.4.61/96, apparently presented to Landsell ‘on a charger by the Emir of Bokhara’). 27.4.61/94 is a particularly luxurious chapan, made of thick silk-satin and it is possible that it was a high status gift to Landsell, since the Emirs of Bokhara often presented chapan to honoured guests (Gervers 1979: 31 – see linked publications).

The practice of presenting coats to honour individuals has a long history in the Middle East and Central Asia. The ‘Robes of Honour’ worn in Medieval Arab courts, or the kaftans given by Ottoman sultans are possible forbearers to Landsell’s chapan.

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Full length, buttonless satin coat, made from coloured striped material and lined with red figured cotton. 'Chapan'.

Details

coat (clothing: outerwear)
27.4.61/94
Anthropology

1 item (description level: whole)
Broad category
Anthropology: Ethnography
Additional names, titles, or classifications
catalogue name:  coat (clothing: outerwear)
object name (local):  coat
object name:  coat (clothing: outerwear)

Place
Uzbekistan, USSR; Asia
Additional place information
made or collected:  Uzbekistan 

Provenance
previous owner:  Royal Museum & Art Gallery, Canterbury 

Further reading
Burkett, M E, 1979, The art of the felt maker. Kendal: Titus Wilson & Son Ltd., 31 (discusses similar)

Related subjects
object name: coats (clothing: outerwear)

Record created 2000-01-22 by MIGRATION
Record last updated 2017-06-16 by XGVIEWS