1919 Chinese American Baby Bonnet

Description (Brief)
Mrs. Lee made this "dog head" bonnet for her only son, Peter. Chinese mothers traditionally dressed their one year old children in such bonnets to protect them from evil spirits. According to lore, if evil forces met the child they would pass by, thinking it were an animal, and of no value. Fur lines the bonnet's "dog's ears" and the padded wool of the hat lined Peter's head.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bonnet, baby
Object Type
Bonnet
Boy
Headwear
date made
1919
maker
Lee Ng Shee
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
wool (overall material)
fur (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 30 cm x 42 cm; 11 13/16 in x 16 17/32 in
place made
United States
worn
United States: New York, Manhattan, Chinatown
ID Number
1992.0620.07
catalog number
1992.0620.07
accession number
1992.0620
subject
Chinese American
Family & Social Life
Immigration
Immigrants
Cultures & Communities
Clothing & Accessories
Chinese American
See more items in
Home and Community Life: Costume
Chinese American
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of James Edgar Mead and Virginia Lee Mead
Publication title
Lee Chinese -American Family Papers, ca. 1915-1970
Publication author
Mead, Virginia Lee
Publication URL
http://collections.si.edu/search/results.jsp?q=set_name:%22Lee+Chinese-American+Family+Papers%2C+ca.+1915-1970%22

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