We are very proud to offer an exceedingly rare vintage Tibetan coral headdress. It would probably have been made and owned by the Khampa people of the Himalayas. The headdress would have been a ceremonial example and worn only several times a year at festivals or weddings. This example has reddish coral, turquoise, amber, and cowrie shells, with an interior black felt lining in excellent condition. Coral is not found in Tibet, so the coral got there by traders. It is in original and excellent condition. It would date to early 20th century or older. This ornamental headdress would represent wealth for a family's status. Until recently these families were nomadic and moved around a lot. They could not store wealth in houses or land or in a bank. So for hundreds of years these tribes bought jeweled ornaments with their money. Amber, turquoise and coral were favorites because they were believed to hold spiritual powers. These were treasured by family members and were handed down from generation to generation. It is indeed a rarity to find one of these ornamental headdress as a family just would not part with them easily. This headdress measures 11 inches high x 12 inches tall. It weighs about 3 pounds. It is a very well decorated ornate example. It is just too beautiful for words to describe.