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Joss paper hat-style offering. The folded red paper offering is open along the bottom edge, then folded and adhered shut on the top edge. There is a light pink with green imitation foil floral decoration, partially outlined with an orange ribbon at bottom centre. At top centre there is a copper-coloured imitation foil three-point decoration.

History Of Use

Joss papers (金纸, literally 'gold paper') are paper offerings and physical representations of money, and/or daily necessities, and are burnt in Chinese ancestral worship as ritual offerings to the dead. They are also used around Lunar New Year festivities. The Lunar New Year is not a public holiday in Thailand, but many ethnic Chinese, who make up about 15 percent of the population in Thailand celebrate it there. The offerings may have been made in Thailand, or imported from China.


Collected by the donor in Bangkok in either 1989 or 1995.

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