In this picture Ugyen Wangchuck wears the crown of the Bhutanese monarchy. Following his father, Jigme Namgyel's, Raven Crown a raven's head represents the protective god of the Wangchuck family, namely Mahakala. The body of the hat has lost its character of a war helmet and, as aristocratic head-gear, now reflects the status of the Wangchuck family.
Photo by John C. White, 1905; loan from a private collection
Hat, silk satin and silk damask, silk and gold embroidery, card strengthening, silk lining; H: 8,5 cm, diameter: 26 cm; loan from Anthony Aris
The dragons embroidered at the rim with silk and gold thread indicate that this hat was worn by a member of the highest aristocracy. The Buddhist wishing jewel is visible at the front.