An interesting piece with a slightly more curved rim, but especially with its depiction of two ho-o (phoenixes), one male and the other female. There is no difference between them on the surface, both flying with beautiful tail feathers and symbolizing imperial power. These ho-o are not painted on the hat but executed in a lightly raised relief with lacquer and gilt. A silver mounting in the form of a chrysanthemum at the point of the hat, with an opening to insert possibly a bush or flowers. Red lacquer on the interior.
DIAMETER 39.3 cm
Condition: The padding and bands are missing. The gilt is worn.
Provenance: From a Hungarian private collection.