CONNOISSEUR COLLECTION | A0921
AUCTION | 22 SEPTEMBER 2018, 11AM
PREVIEW | 13 – 22 SEPTEMBER 2018, 10AM-6PM
Last Quarter, 19th century Ilocos
Tortoise shell, with gold and silver
26 x 32 x 23 cm (10 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 9 in)
This is a rare salakot or handwoven hat made from tortoise shell and inner weaving of buntal fibre from palm tree. In the 19th century Hispanic period, only the affluent and influential gentlemen could wear a salakot like this made from exotic animal with gold and silver ornaments.
A sprig of rose flower and leaves decorates the lower section of the helm divided by several segments. A band secures the scalloped trim around the brim. The dome of the hat is decorated with a beaded surround and an inner mount with pedestal, chased and repoussed with zigzags, bands, scallops and bosses. This is topped by a central spike, thus creating more height, as if asserting the wearer's power and authority. An iconic traditional Filipino hat and a lasting symbol of colonial gentry and fine craftmanship.