We are very proud to offer a rare scarce vintage Tibetan coral nobleman's cap or headdress. It would probably have been made and owned by the Khampa people of the Himalayas. The cap (headdress) would have been ceremonial and worn only several times a year at festivals or weddings. This example has reddish coral, turquoise, amber, shell, agate, and silver metal tiny beads with a black cloth lining. There are very many strands of reddish coral in many shapes and sizes. It would have been very labor intensive to create. It is painstakingly difficult to string and wrap these many beaded strands. Coral is not found in Tibet, so the coral got there by traders. It is in original and excellent condition. It would date to the early 20th century, or older. This ornamental cap 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 caps, as a family just would not part with them easily. This cap measures 9.5 inches wide x 4 inches tall. It weighs about 584 grams (1¼ pounds). It is an exceedingly well decorated ornate example. It is just beautiful.
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NOTE: The high shipping cost is due to the high insurance fee, size, and weight. UPS and USPS have raised their rates once again! Should the shipping be substantially less than the charged fee, I will refund the difference. If the shipping is more than the charged fee, I will absorb the difference.
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