Traditional Korean Hat, Gat

Joseon Period, Korea

Korea

6 ins. high x 13 ins. diameter 15 x 33 cm

DESCRIPTION

Traditional Korean Hat, Gat
Joseon Period, circa 1900

Horsehair, bamboo slats

This distinctive cylindrical hat, which was worn by men of high social rank in Korea during the Joseon period (until 1912) has a striking transparent quality, created with a fine, open weave of strands of horse hair taken from the tail, over a bamboo framework. The wide stiff brim is made from bamboo. The crown is embellished with a family crest (?) or emblem apparently cut from paper or another material.  This style of hat was only worn outdoors; it is fitted inside with a smaller, brimless “indoor” tanggun hat that is also included.



CONDITION

Excellent

Provenance

Previously in the collection of Cathryn Cootner, former Curator of Textiles at the De Young Museum, San Francisco.

DATE

circa 1900

Dimensions

6 ins. high x 13 ins. diameter 15 x 33 cm

PRICE

1500

SOLD

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