From the V@A Head ornament from a wedding set Qing dynasty, China, 1800–1911 QMA Collection photo © Hubert Bari   #Pearls http://ow.ly/rTg6B until 19 January 2014

From the V@A Head ornament from a wedding set Qing dynasty, China, 1800–1911 QMA Collection photo © Hubert Bari #Pearls http://ow.ly/rTg6B until 19 January 2014

A RICHLY ORNAMENTED KINGFISHER FEATHER COURT HEADDRESS (DIANZI) QING DYNASTY, 19TH CENTURY,  decorated on the black silk webbing around the curved front with a large filigree phoenix with out-stretched wings of pearls and kingfisher feathers, similarly decorated above and to the sloping back with rows of similar phoenix reserved on a cash-diaper kingfisher feather ground, 30cm., 11 3/4 in.

A RICHLY ORNAMENTED KINGFISHER FEATHER COURT HEADDRESS (DIANZI) QING DYNASTY, 19TH CENTURY, decorated on the black silk webbing around the curved front with a large filigree phoenix with out-stretched wings of pearls and kingfisher feathers, similarly decorated above and to the sloping back with rows of similar phoenix reserved on a cash-diaper kingfisher feather ground, 30cm., 11 3/4 in.

Kingfisher Inlay Phoenix crown. Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Kingfisher feathers were most used for hair ornaments and less often in formal hats. Phoenix crowns were typically worn by empresses in earlier Chinese dynasties but was a garment that was appropriated by other segments of society in formal occasions like marriage. These crowns were often formed over copper wire and then covered with kingfisher feather inlay in the shapes of flowers, butterflies, phoenixes, pearls, and mirrors.

Kingfisher Inlay Phoenix crown. Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Kingfisher feathers were most used for hair ornaments and less often in formal hats. Phoenix crowns were typically worn by empresses in earlier Chinese dynasties but was a garment that was appropriated by other segments of society in formal occasions like marriage. These crowns were often formed over copper wire and then covered with kingfisher feather inlay in the shapes of flowers, butterflies, phoenixes, pearls, and mirrors.

China | Headdress for a bride; wire, wire gauze, textile, feathers of the kingfisher , pearl, semi-precious stones | ca. 19th century; Beijing

China | Headdress for a bride; wire, wire gauze, textile, feathers of the kingfisher , pearl, semi-precious stones | ca. 19th century; Beijing

Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) phoenix crown shown during a preview of "Royal Style: Qing Dynasty and Western Court Jewelry" exhibition held at the Taipei Palace Museum in Taipei, southeast China's Taiwan. The exhibition, which will be held from June 9 to September 9, is composed of about 475 pieces of jewelry from the collection of the Taipei Palace Museum, the Shenyang Palace Museum and the Cartier Collection.

Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) phoenix crown shown during a preview of "Royal Style: Qing Dynasty and Western Court Jewelry" exhibition held at the Taipei Palace Museum in Taipei, southeast China's Taiwan. The exhibition, which will be held from June 9 to September 9, is composed of about 475 pieces of jewelry from the collection of the Taipei Palace Museum, the Shenyang Palace Museum and the Cartier Collection.

Qing dynasty jeweled gold, pearl, glass bead, and kingfisher feather hairpins, Forbidden City collection.

Qing dynasty jeweled gold, pearl, glass bead, and kingfisher feather hairpins, Forbidden City collection.

China | Ceremonial headdress from the 19th century | Included in the “Wedding Rituals” exhibition at the National Folk Museum of Korea (Dec '12 - 11. Feb '13)

China | Ceremonial headdress from the 19th century | Included in the “Wedding Rituals” exhibition at the National Folk Museum of Korea (Dec '12 - 11. Feb '13)

China | Kingfisher tiara/headdress used by a provencial Chinese leader dating to the 19th century. Rendered in hand wrought brass and metal, inlaid with iridescent turquoise kingfisher feathers. Cabochon glass jewels present as well. | Price on Request

Qing Dynasty Chinese Provencial Kingfisher Headdress

China | Kingfisher tiara/headdress used by a provencial Chinese leader dating to the 19th century. Rendered in hand wrought brass and metal, inlaid with iridescent turquoise kingfisher feathers. Cabochon glass jewels present as well. | Price on Request

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