Minister's court costume  

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Object- Minister's court costume

Date-3rd quarter 19th century

Techniques- (Minister's court robe) Imported velvet, silk and yet-pya (locally made braid)
(Skirt cloth) Hand-woven cotton, embroidered or with a supplementary weft weave in floss silk
(Shirt) Fine cotton muslin
(Head band) Fine cotton muslin
(Hat) Velvet, with applied gilt foil ornaments

Place- Mandalay (City), Burma

(Minister's court robe) Length 112 cm

(shoulder to hem)
(Minister's court robe) Length 50 cm

(Minister's court robe) Width 51 cm

(across shoulders)
(Skirt cloth) Length 239 cm
(Skirt cloth) Width 44 cm
(Shirt) Length 109 cm (shoulder to hem)

(Shirt) Width 46 cm
(Shirt) Length 87 cm (sleeves)

(Head band) Length 70 cm (approx.)
(Hat) Diameter 16.5 cm (rim)
(Hat) Height 26.5 cm

Current Location- Victoria & Albert Museum
Museum number- IM.43 to D-1912

These garments, which belonged to the Kin-Wun-Mingyi or chief minister, who served both King Mindon (r.1852-1878) and King Thibaw (r.1878-1885) at the Court of Mandalay. The state robe is of crimson velvet, heavily decorated with gold, under which he wore a red wrap skirt called a pah-soe, embroidered with yellow floss silk and a high hat with applied gilt-foil ornaments. The degree of ornamentation would have immediately indicated the minister's rank. On less formal occasions the pah-soe would have been worn with the long white muslin jacket called a ein-gyi and matching headband or gaung-baung.

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