Yao priest's hat from south western China made of cloth woven from human hair. Over the front flap hang five red string tassels, each emerging from two strands of black and white beads attached to the top of the hat and which meet and become one. Two streamers at the rear. Embroidered characters include 'longevity' on the front flap; and 'method' on the back flap. The following embroidered inscriptions on the two streamers: on the left streamer 'the higher your 'tao' achivement, the further it will spread', and on the right streamer:'the busier and more prosperous your method, the more people will request it'.

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