According to Chinese humanist and archaeologist the headdress crown was granted to high-ranking imperial minister's mother or wife. The time frame could be in Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644AD) or no later than early-Qing Dynasty in accordance with the imperial system of that time.
In ancient China the imperial decree was treated as the emperor's order in person. It was an extraordinary honor for the woman who entitled to own the headdress crown. It might be used for important ceremonies for a few times in the woman's life then left behind to the family's younger generations.
The brilliant blue color was made by Chinese Kingfisher feather. It led to the technique called Tian-Tsui or Dian-Cui in today's mandarin pronunciation on jewelery and decorative objects, i.e. the small pieces of Kingfisher feather were glued onto the surface of metal. You can find the best practice from the lower part of headdress crown with gold and Chinese Kingfisher feather tassel.
The golden tassel/accessories was real and crafted in ancient Shanxi Province of China. According to the Chinese ancient ancestry drawing the headdress crown was embedded on a black textile hat for wearing. The metal wire at the back of crown was only used to attach pieces together. Both metal and the feathers are fragile and humid-concern, it is rare to keep this beautiful piece in excellent condition.
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