Treasure trove from history

Waistcoat of Queen Dondogdulam

By Gantogtokh Lhagvasüren, Research Associate, Bogd Khan Palace Museum

The front of the waistcoat

The back of the waistcoat. Photos courtesy Bogd Khan Palace Museum

The craftsmen of the Bogd khan palace
Early 20th century
Silk, peacock neck skin, brass
Length 61 cm, width 74 cm

A peacock neck skin waistcoat hemmed with red silk and blue glossy fringe trimming, has a blue silk lining and flower-shaped and knotted buttons. It was worn by the Queen Dondogdulam during ceremonies in spring or autumn.
Dondogdulam (1874-1923) was the queen to Eighth Jebzundamba Bogd Khan, the last theocrat ruler of Mongolia.
Queen Dondogdulam was well educated in religious matters and with her social activity she was highly respected. She could read in both classical Mongolian and Tibetan, and could even perform an intricate religious tantric rite. In Ikh Khüree (the former name of present Ulaanbaatar), Queen Dondogdulam had brought together in the Khan’s court more than 120 embroiders, sculptors, craftsmen who were engaged in making jewelry, implements and clothes.

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