The Mingei International Museum

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The Mingei International Museum The Mingei museum truly is a treasure in Balboa Park. It’s a treasure because many of the museums in Balboa Park focus on the more formal European style of art such as paintings, statues, busts etc… However, the Mingei International Museum focus’s on folk art from around the world. When I attended the museum they had exhibits from North America, South America, Africa, and Asia hence the name “International Museum.” After paying for you ticket, you turn to your left and straight ahead of you is a staircase leading to the second floor exhibits. Once you get to the top there is a pathway opening up to the “56 Chinese hatboxes and one hat!” exhibit. This exhibit was not only one of my favorites in the Mingei Museum but also in all the museums I visited that day. The richness and diversity in this one exhibit was absolutely incredible. From what I learned, hats were an extremely important aspect of the Manchu or Ch’ing Dynasty; in fact most of the hatboxes on display were made and used during the Manchu Dynasty. Hats were important because they said a lot about the person who was wearing it. By looking at someone’s hat you could you could tell not only if they were rich or poor but, you could also tell what profession they worked in. The one hat that is on exhibit is a summer hat but it also has one gold bead at the top. To me it looked just like decoration, however the gold bead told someone from the Manchu Dynasty that the person wearing this hat was an eighth ranked official (of nine ranks total) and was worn only on semi-
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This note was uploaded on 03/04/2012 for the course HIST 100 taught by Professor Dr.christienson during the Spring '07 term at San Diego State.

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