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Armour / headdress


Helmet of burnished white metal, with brass mounts ornamented in repousse with dragons, cane stem supporting two strips of fur, bead network and gilt metal dome with red coral stem and two tinsel-decorated quills, curtain of gold brocade, bordered with black velvet and ornamented with brass studs, part of the ceremonial armour of Zhang Chaofa, admiral and governor of the Zhoushan islands: China, 1830-1840

Museum reference



World Culture

Object name

Armour / headdress

Production information

China, East Asia


1830 - 1840


White metal, Brass, Cane, Fur, Gilt metal, Coral, Metallic thread, Velvet, Brass

Physical description

White metal, burnished; brass mounts with enamel and pastes; cane stem with fur and beads; gilt-metal dome with red coral stem with tinsel-decorated quills; curtain of gold brocade with black velvet and brass studs


Zhang Chaofa, 1788 - 1840
Burrell, George, Lieutenant-General, 1777 - 1853
Simpson, James Young, Professor Sir, 1811 - 1870
Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province, China, East Asia


  • Exploring East Asia (08 Feb 2019)
    National Museum of Scotland


Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Volume III, p. 340

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