MATERIAL: Paper
TYPE: Hat
DIMENSIONS: Width: 35 centimeters Height: 22 centimeters
WEIGHT: 48g
CONDITION: In good condition for the age, a few tears to be expected of the age.
NOTES: This fine example has been beautifully painted.
ITEM ID: 5383

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Yao Shaman’s Hat #3

DATE
Century: 20th (1901-2000)
Notes: Approximately 1930s-50s.

A unique Yao Shaman’s hat, from the early to mid-20th century.

The Yao people inhabit southern China and northern Vietnam, with small enclaves in Thailand, Burma, and Laos. They have syncretic Daoist and animist religious beliefs.

Central to the Yao religion are the shaman. These hats were worn during a variety of rituals, including funerals, marriages, healing, or repelling evil spirits.