DescriptionAn old Chinese conical helmet of a ty
Height 19 cm
Diameter 27.5 cm
Later additions; varnish, filler and nylon thread
19th to early 20th century
Purchased in Hong Kong in 2008
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A conical bamboo helmet made of strips of bamboo, tied together with rattan. The base is a strong coil of rattan. The inside is lined with a rattan weave.
Such hats were worn by foot soldiers and militiamen in China.
This hat has some patches that seem restored with some filler substance and varnish, and some fish thread reinforcements done by a later owner. See photos.
A very similar hat is in the China Silk Museum in Hangzhou. See article. It is described as "Bamboo helmet of foot soldier from the Late Qing Dynasty", and was a gift of Asian hat collector Barbara Park.
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Probably of Southern origin, with a straight blade and flaring tip.
In the style of northern work of the 16th and 17th centuries
Chinese work for the Japanese market.
Canton work for the Japanese market, with 28 metal balls in separate compartments.
Made in Canton, China, for the Japanese market.