Artists wear papier-mâché hats modelled on headgear the first emperor of China’s Song dynasty made his officials wear, which Parisian art gallery 59 Rivoli is handing out to visitors to enforce social distancing rules amid the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: ReutersArtists wear papier-mâché hats modelled on headgear the first emperor of China’s Song dynasty made his officials wear, which Parisian art gallery 59 Rivoli is handing out to visitors to enforce social distancing rules amid the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Reuters
Artists wear papier-mâché hats modelled on headgear the first emperor of China’s Song dynasty made his officials wear, which Parisian art gallery 59 Rivoli is handing out to visitors to enforce social distancing rules amid the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Reuters

Hats for social distancing from Chinese dynasty 1,000 years ago handed out by Paris art gallery to visitors

  • Papier-mâché hats modelled on headgear the first emperor of China’s Song dynasty made his officials wear given to gallery visitors to keep them a metre apart
  • Emperor imposed the rule to stop officials whispering, but designer of gallery version hopes they ‘can also shield us from … human viciousness’
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Artists wear papier-mâché hats modelled on headgear the first emperor of China’s Song dynasty made his officials wear, which Parisian art gallery 59 Rivoli is handing out to visitors to enforce social distancing rules amid the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: ReutersArtists wear papier-mâché hats modelled on headgear the first emperor of China’s Song dynasty made his officials wear, which Parisian art gallery 59 Rivoli is handing out to visitors to enforce social distancing rules amid the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Reuters
Artists wear papier-mâché hats modelled on headgear the first emperor of China’s Song dynasty made his officials wear, which Parisian art gallery 59 Rivoli is handing out to visitors to enforce social distancing rules amid the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Reuters
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