Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Theatrical Collar

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
18th century
Silk, metallic thread, jade, gilt metal, kingfisher feathers, amber, mother-of-pearl, malachite, faux pearls, glass, various stones
Overall: 23 1/2 x 21in. (59.7 x 53.3cm) Mount: 26 x 25 1/2 in. (66 x 64.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1935
Accession Number:
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.
[ Nellie B. Hussey , 1935; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Extravagant Display: Chinese Art in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries," December 14, 2010–May 1, 2011.

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