We are very proud to offer a very, very old and frail Manchu women's Kingfisher Headdress. This headdress is Qing Dynasty, 1644-1911.
For over 2,000 years the wealthy and often Royal Chinese have used Kingfisher bird feathers as an inlay for decorating fine objects and adornment. The process is called tian-tsui (dotting with Kingfishers). Kingfisher feathers are painstakingly cut and glued onto metal (gold or silver), wood, or paper-mache, etc. The effect is like cloisonné, but nothing rivals the electric blue color of the Kingfisher feathers. Blue is traditionally the favorite color in China. This type of Art was not well known outside of China. The intense color is not from pigments but from the way light is bent and reflected back. (Source: Wikipedia)
Our Headdress has seen better days, but what Kingfisher feathers are left are a surprisingly bright blue. This headdress would most probably have been for a bride to wear. But it could also have been an operatic costume head piece. This headdress is primarily made of a paper-mache frame that was gilted and looks like metal. Many areas were once covered with Kingfisher feathers. A lot of areas still have the precious feathers. This 13.5 inch tall headdress has a pair of Dragons on each side and they have the beautiful blue feathers, although many are lost. There is soft silk embroidered background. There are pink and blue pom-poms, although they are really old looking. There are springs mounted with black Peking glass balls on ends, but many of the end balls are missing also. There are beads hanging down all over it. The back really shows how old is this fabulous antique headdress. All parts on back are old and frail and black from age. Here is a chance to acquire a real antique Kingfisher Headdress. There is a partial red wax seal on back (see photo). It is still fabulous even though well over 100 years old. It belongs in a Museum! But it must be handled with extreme care as it is about to fall apart. It is being held together by many tiny wires. Similar, but more intact, headdresses sell for thousands of dollars.
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Sorry, but we cannot ship this to Alaska, Hawaii, or Internationally. However, we will consider shipping to Europe or Asia, but the buyer will be charged an additional shipping cost and be responsible for all customs and others fees. Please write for the possibility of international shipping before purchasing.
NOTE: The high shipping cost is due to the high insurance fee, size, and weight. UPS and USPS have raised their rates once again!
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