#711 Yellow Silk Tiger Child’s Vest and Tiger Hat Set. An uncommon Qing Dynasty vest and hat set made of yellow silk brocade. The vest has the dorsal image of the tiger created with an applicated head with attached features and sprawled slightly padded back legs; all features are highlighted with ink designs; on the back of the vest are the “Five Poisons” (snake/lizard, centipede, scorpion, toad, and spider) also to ward off evil while surrounding the Taoist symbol of a double gourd containing all magical medicines. The images are very finely embroidered in a fill chain-stitch with Peking knot highlights. The trim is primarily wrapped cording; the left shoulder opening is closed with two more modern snaps; good commercial brown lining; very good condition; 12”wide x 10” long; c 1910
The accompanying Chinese Child’s hat is a Tiger hat with a black silk face and a yellow silk body again with ink drawn stripes and other decorative features. There is a bit of blue silk fringe edging the face and black silk for eyelashes; all facial features in good condition; 20” circumference;
This set was collected in Hong Kong or Singapore in the 1980s.