Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Theatrical Collar

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk, metallic thread, jade, gilt metal, kingfisher feathers, amber, mother-of-pearl, malachite, faux pearls, glass, various stones
Dimensions:
Overall: 23 1/2 x 21in. (59.7 x 53.3cm) Mount: 26 x 25 1/2 in. (66 x 64.8 cm)
Classification:
Costumes-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1935
Accession Number:
35.140.10
Not on view
This unusual collar is thought to have been worn theatrically for the role of a woman. Many of the small jade ornaments attached to its black satin lobes are probably reused from centuries earlier: such ornaments decorated women’s headdresses in northern China during the Liao and Jin dynasties.
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