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.
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.
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