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Artist Lee, Mai
Nationality or Tribal Affiliation Hmong
Title Melon Hat
Type of Object Hat
Date 1986
Medium Cotton, thread, acrylic yard, imitation silver coins, beads
Dimensions H-15.3 Dia-16.2 cm
Collection Missoula Art Museum Collection
How acquired Gift of Susan Lindbergh Miller in honor of Montana's Hmong Community
Object ID 2011.10.210
Statement about this object Melon hats with a snail pattern were made for boys in the Hmong Sam Neua tradition. The amulet on the top of the hat represents a mother and child and symbolizes protection. The border of the hat is a mountain pattern, symbolizing strength. Interspersed around the snail is a diamond pattern symbolizing earth/fourseasons. The silver coins are manufactured, imitation currency.
Classification Textiles
Clothing
Subjects Patterns (Design elements)
Symbols
Snails
Family
Mothers & children
Coins
Amulets