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Man’s short multicoloured ceremonial jacket constructed from a patchwork of colourful brocade textiles and trimmed at collar and cuffs as described below. The jacket is voluminous, with very long sleeves; a T-shaped garment with center front opening, without closures or fasteners. The front opening is finished with a very wide border (approximately 23.5cm), which extends to the back of the jacket to form a high collar at center back. This border consists of four different bands: a 2.7cm wide band of striped, multicoloured embroidery; a 10cm wide band of red silk brocade embellished with gold metallic figures of cranes and Chinese (?) characters; a 5.6cm wide band of finely embroidered blue, green, red, pink and white stitchery in a T-shaped repeated motif; and a 5.1cm wide band of black cotton velvet textile. The same multicoloured embroidery and black velvet is used to finish the cuffs. The jacket is lined with blue and red light weight silk brocade.

History Of Use

Object is a "Gyalu-cheng Phodthu" or short jacket, possibly of 19th century fabrics. Worn by a government official, a minister, only on the first day of the New Year. It was worn over a long robe, and a special ‘rainbow’ shawl would be worn over his shoulders. Passed through the family from father to son.


Yapshi-Yuthok Kalon Tashi Dhondup Collection: The title Yapshi is given to all families that have a Dalai Lama born into the family, and Shape and Kalon are titles that the four lay Cabinet Ministers hold. The Yuthok family is descended from the 10th Dalai Lama, Tsultrim Gyatso. Being a Minister in the Traditional Tibetan Government, Yapshi-Yuthok Tashi Dhondup was also known as Shape or Kalon Yuthok. There is one item belonging to Kalon Yuthok that is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum: a Tibetan saddle, which he used on special occasions and during the Tibetan New Year when he would go to the Potala Palace. It was the wish of the late Mrs. Tsering Dolkar Yapshi-Yuthok that the museum display the family's heirloom textiles so that visitors could learn about Tibet's rich history and culture.

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