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Siamese Hat of Rank and Case (Lompok)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 899

This conical type of hat, restricted to Siamese nobility, is known in Thai as a lompok (literally, "piled up and layered-wrapped head cover"). The lead ambassador Kosa Pan’s hat was described as having a thick gold band with golden flowers set with rubies that shimmered as he moved. The style reflected a recent adaptation of Safavid Persian dress at the court of Phra Narai, while the stamped gold motif on its case is typical of Siamese textile patterns.

Siamese Hat of Rank and Case (Lompok), Hat: cotton (muslin) on rattan or bamboo armature, gilt metal band; case: tin with lacquer and gold, Thai

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Fine Arts Department, Thailand