Boy with silk animal-face headwear, Kunming, 1945
University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: RB-t0887. Traditionally, animal-face hats were made by a maternal grandmother for her grandson. The animal face served as a protective talisman, (especially the large teeth and eyes) frightening evil spirits away. Embellished caps were also worn on auspicious occasions, such as New Year. The fruit in the foreground could be tangor. Photograph by Air Vice-Marshal A.L. Fiddament, taken during a round the world fact finding trip. Caption in Air Vice-Marshal A.L. Fiddament's notebook: Kunming. V. small child in highly coloured frock. 29/11/45.