Chinese Children’s Tiger Hat and Collar, ca. 1925
Tiger hat ca. 1920’s; collar perhaps a little later. Traditionally, Chinese children wear several different styles of hats from infancy through adolescence. As babies, the hats are worn for protection against evil spirits. As the child grows older, the hats are worn to bring good fortune and success for the future. Producing an ornately decorated hat for a child was also a way to symbolically bestow a child with good wishes and moral teaching. Hats that represent animals, such as tigers, are intended to protect babies by warding off evil spirits. In addition to hats, children may also receive collars and shoes decorated with animal iconography to protect their bodies. The tiger is one of the earliest images to appear in Chinese culture as a protector of the living as well as the dead. Tiger imagery can be found at tomb entrances and painted on warrior’s helmets. Light wear. Superb examples.
Hat, Collar and Stand: $575 + $15 shipping/insurance (USA)
Price: $590.00Currently in Stock
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