child's hat

Child's winter hat of padded black satin, with three panels folded up along the brim, and a crown gathered together at top. Long back flap for covering the nape. The front flap embroidered with a lotus spray on white silk, bordered with an embroidered band of bats and insects on black satin. The side panels have a phoenix embroidered on bright pink silk, bordered with a band of floral scrolling and an insect embroidered on black satin. The back flap has embroidered plum blossom, Buddha's hand fruit motifs, two goldfish and a grasshopper in cartouche at the hem. These symbols represent happiness, wealth and abundance, good wishes for children. Two streamers in light green damask hang over back panel. Lined with jade green damask.

Part of The Louise Tythacott Collection . The Louise Tythacott Collection was compiled as the result of intensive fieldwork over several years in South China and Hong Kong. Ms Tythacott is a Chinese-speaking anthropologist and a museum curator, and was Curator of Ethnography at Liverpool Museum, who was particularly fortunate in developing contacts during the course of her work. Ms Tythacott has also made collections for the Museum of Mankind.

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