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Man's Hat

Artist/maker unknown, Sri Lankan

Made in Kandy, Sri Lanka, Asia

Mid- 20th century

Cotton velveteen with couched crimped and coiled gilded copper wire, gilded copper sequins, artificial jewels, and cotton plain weave. Finial: hammered copper alloy, coiled copper alloy wire, cotton tassels

10 x 10 1/2 x 4 inches (25.4 x 26.7 x 10.2 cm) Height (Finial): 5 inches (12.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Purchased with the Stella Kramrisch Fund, 2004

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In Kandy in central Sri Lanka, this type of shaped hat with rich metallic embroidery and quivering finial was reserved for royalty and high officials in the precolonial era (before 1815), but in the twentieth century it became favored wedding attire for wealthy grooms.