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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:57 pm 
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In the process of photographingtextiles/costumes these little silver pieces so often found on children's hats appeal. Previously I had written about what these may represent in a discussion here: http://www.tribaltextiles.info/community/viewtopic.php?t=169&highlight=hat
In the time since that post and reading around the very few references (in Chinese and English) that speak of these silver pieces it would appear that these do not necessarily represent the Eight Immortals.
Although eight of these little figures commonly occur together variations are found - ranging from 5 up to 20 so far - these figures are referred to as 大老爺 (Dalaoye, Great Master). This name is also used to refer to one's maternal grandfather. In both cases, these individuals serve, amongst other obligations, to protect children.
An English reference to these figures may be found on pages 275-276 of the book "Costumes and accessories of Chinese Minorities" ISBN 957-02-6406-3, where they are shown on a Bai child's hat (from Taili, Yunnan) and a Miao child's hat (from Paiyiding Village, Kaili City, Guizhou)
Four different types are found on hats in my collection and I wonder if other types occur in in members collections?


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 Post subject: Dalaoye types
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:22 pm 
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So far the four Dalaoye types found on hats in my collection.


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