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Vivian Wang

Mongolian Leopard

Cast Glass, Stoneware, Silk Pillows, Gold leaf, Silver Leaf and Gemstones (Iolite Faux Pearls and Crystal), Boy: 24"h x 17"w x 16.5"d, Leopard: 5.5"h x 4.5"w x 8"d, Item No. 21141,

Portrayed is a boy of the Mongolian royal court.  He wears a fashionable ancient costume with an elaborately adorned hat.  His high collar and his tunic’s asymmetric front closure are traditional Mongolian designs as is the black geometric motif on the front and back of his bodice.

The blue color of his attire symbolizes eternity, faithfulness and loyalty.  When Mongolia was first established in 1206AD, it was called “Blue Mongolia” and the imperial palace was known as the “Blue Palace”.  His pet baby leopard sits by his side.

Ancient Mongolian fashion for men was shaped by the nomadic lifestyle and extreme cold climate of the region.  Traditional attire consisted of practical and durable garments that provided protection against the harsh environments.  Rich embroidery and intricate patterns were often incorporated into their clothing, showcasing the rich artistic heritage of the Mongolian culture.