Composite coat, green with red and purple silk ties, cotton lining.
- Found/Acquired: Soul
- (Asia,Korea,South Korea,Seoul (special city))
- Length: 133 centimetres
- Width: 143 centimetres (across arms)
Register 1945: Seoul, Korea. Coat worn over the head; detachable lining to keep the silk clean.
Text from Eth Doc 1620 [A letter from the donor]: The men all wear white clothes in the summer. The upper class wears a long white linen coat fastened on the left shoulder with bows and ends, and exquisitely woven (?) fine bamboo cuffs inside the sleeve to keep them wide open and also keep them clean by holding them off the wrists. The women (upper class) wear the green silk coats over their heads as a mark of honour; because years ago when S.... (the then capital) was beseiged. The women rushed to the walls wearing these coats over their heads and shouting and the invaders thought big reserves were coming up and they fled. So afterwards the Emperor gave the women permit to wear their coats over their heads, open or sometimes folded but always on their heads.'
2010 - 2011 Jul, BM Galleries, Korea Gallery 67
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Object reference number: EAS18987
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