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Wig, 1920-1930
Labrang, Northeastern Tibet
Yak hair, sateen
Purchase 1936 Carter D. Holton Collection  36.364
Not On View
Interpretation: Labrang is an important trading town and the site of a large Buddhist monastery in the Amdo region of northeastern Tibet. Located near Lake Kokonor, Labrang attracted traders and pilgrims from Central Asia, China and central Tibet. The nomadic herdswomen of the area wear a distinctive headdress which attaches to multiple hair braids and then hangs completely down the back. This headdress and the fine set of robes, jacket, hat and boots were all collected in Labrang in the 1930s. The gems and silver of the headdress and the fine imported silks, furs and leathers of the garments indicate that the original owner was a woman of wealth, not unusual in this region of rich grasslands.
Exhibition History:
"Tibet: Mountains and Valleys, Castles and Tents", Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, Alaska (October 2004 - January 2005); Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (March 2005 - August 2005); Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas, Texas (September - November 2006); Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, florida (January - April 2007)

Keywords: Wig, Headdress, Coin, Gemstone, Headwear, Adornment