Friday, March 6, 2009

The hat I most want to wear in all the world


This beautiful thing is in the Museum of Asian Art in San Francisco; it was made in mid-Thailand, in the 1950s or 60s. The eyes are lustrous brown glass with black pupils. It's a cap to dream on.

5 comments:

Sabrina Orah Mark said...

It IS magnificent. I once owned a hat. You can see it here: www.liveplantscorsages.blogspot.com

Peter Kent said...

Thanks, Mark. Your headline and the hat made me smile.

Peter Joseph Gloviczki said...

This is a pretty amazing hat, Mark. I feel like I should wear it while holding turkey leg in one hand and a pint of ale in the other.

forrest.mcgill said...

Mr. Doty--

Delighted you like the hat. I'm the chief curator at the Asian Art Museum. Next time you are out this way, let me know and we'll get the hat out of the case for you to see up close, if not actually put on.
By the way, there's a video on YouTube of such a headdress being worn in the dance-drama of the Rama legend at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLRBRJ1U7EQ&feature=related
Regards, Forrest McGill

Michelle said...

It's breathtaking.