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Hair Combs: China, Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal, Central Asia

The collection includes all types of hair ornaments: combs, pins, diadems, crowns, and tiaras.

Male headdress for a top knot, found in a royal tomb from the Ming Dynasty in Ding Ling.

Phoenix Empress Crown, unearthed from a Ming tomb in Ding Ling. The dragon design is welded by the embossing method, assuming the hollow shape that produces a three-dimensional effect. The phoenix design is made with kingfisher feathers. On the crown are 3500 pearls and 150 precious stones. This crown was broken when it was found, and has now been repaired.

A group of Chinese hairpins found in a royal Ming Dynasty tomb at Ding Ling.

A Qin Dynasty (221-207 BC) Royal Court headdress. In 221 B.C.,Chinese were unified for the first time to construct a great country that ended the long era of disunity and warring. In that year the western frontier state of Qin, the most aggressive of the Warring States, subjugated the last of its rival states. Next to the headdress is Qin Shin Huang (秦识嗯黄), the first emperor of China.

A pearl, jade, gold, and ruby hairpin for an Empress, unearthed from a Ming Dynasty tomb in Ding Ling.

Two hair pins made for a wedding, unearthed from a Ming Dynasty tomb.

A Gold and Pearl Hairpiece, 18th Century

Hat, 20th c., Tibetan, silk, fur, wool and metal

Fantastic Chinese enameled silver hairpin. The enameling is very "rich" and in great condition, but the article has been well-used (so should be early 20th c - though probably not earlier, given the style). Note the interesting use of the swastika. This symbol has NOTHING to do with the Nazis. It is an ancient oriental symbol, and contrary to much popular belief the motif could "turn" clockwise or anti-clockwise, in tradition, without any evil connotation.

A fine silver-gilt and enamelled hairpin, in "en tremblant" style, which (unusually) is decorated on both sides. It is in good condition, too. Probably early 20th c - in any case of good early date, and it was worn by the user.

Chinese Hairpin inlaid kingfisher feathers and gems. 19th C.

Antique Chinese Women Festival Hair Ornaments. In China the Kingfishers feathers were a prized material that was inlaid into metal to make earring, necklaces, bracelets, headdresses and combs, screens, carriages and many other decorated items. So it is not surprising that the original birds were hunted to extinction.

Chinese Kingfisher Ornaments – Beauty and Decoration

"This is a Chinese Mandarin's knotted coral hat finial from the Daalder Collection. Tibetan rank jewels used on hat finials were adapted from the Manchu Qing Dynasty's rank jewels. They started to be used after the 5th Dalai Lama & the new Qing Dynasty established relations in the 1650s & Manchu influence began to be seen in Tibet." Written by Lynn Levenberg.

This wooden helmet-shaped headdress, lined with red cloth and decorated with ornate fretwork and pearl-bead pendants, was part of a complete burial outfit for the deceased wife of a civil servant (bannerman) of the second rank.

China | Pair of hairpins in fine gold filigree. Each head comprises a large flower with leaves, stem and further buds and a large fine butterfly. The centre of one flower is set with a now-calcified pearl. | Qing Dynasty, 18th century | Sold

Crystal and Agate Ornaments, Spring and Autumn Period and Warring States Period

Ceremonial Tibetan headdress mostly worn in West Tibet and Ladakh. | Early to mid 20th century | Leather, turquoise, coral, agate and mother of pearl || Price on request Another tourist market item made in the late 80's. Many have found their way into museums , cataloged as authentic but are not.

Tibet | Nobelman's hat from the late 19th to early 20th century | cloth, turquoise, glass beads and carnelians The Mingei seems like it got stuck with many fake headdresses.. LP

Ornamental comb / pendant Early Qing Dynasty, China 17th C. Pale green jade, carved on both sides