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Chalcha Woman´s Headdress and collier
4204-07-4564-4572-07
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

All details of the headdress have been made with utmost care and technical skill. The bearer must have looked gorgeous in it.

History of the Object
This glorious headdress and collier were once worn by a woman of the Chalcha, a Mongolian Subgroup. They were a sign that this woman was married. They were also part of her personal “savings account” of jewellery.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Gilt bronze, coral, turquoise, pearls, silk and others. 
Measurements
H (with ribbons and collier) ca. 120 cm. 
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
unknown 
Where it was made
Mongolia 
Geography
Mongolia 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century 
Function
Jewelry for a married woman 
Acquisition
This headdress was put up for sale, together with a large collection, in 1907 by the Hamburg dealer Umlauff. It may have come to Umlauff's possession via trade connections they had with Lama rulers of Mongolia. The museum could not afford to buy the collection but they assembled 64 donors - the “Friends of the Museum” - who contributed money to buy large parts of it. 
Copyright
Saal/Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg 
Museum
Museum of Ethnology, Hamburg 
Credit line
Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg, Inv. Nr. 4204:07 and 4564-4572:07 

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