Hair Ornament (China), ca. 1900
This is a Hair Ornament. It is dated ca. 1900 and we acquired it in 1939. Its medium is kingfisher feathers on lacquer backing with silk-covered wire. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
The vivid iridescent blue of this headdress is the natural color of feathers from the kingfisher bird, native to parts of China and other Asian locations. Kingfisher feathers were used for objects of personal adornment because of their dazzling visual appeal. Associated with affluence and status, finely crafted ornaments such as this one were popular among high ranking government officials and weatlhy patrons.
This object was
William Dangaix Allen.
It is credited
Gift of William Dangaix Allen.
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Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 18.4 x 6 x 0.5 cm (7 1/4 x 2 3/8 x 3/16 in.)
Cite this object as
Hair Ornament (China), ca. 1900; kingfisher feathers on lacquer backing with silk-covered wire; H x W x D: 18.4 x 6 x 0.5 cm (7 1/4 x 2 3/8 x 3/16 in.); Gift of William Dangaix Allen; 1939-73-11
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Making Design.