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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.

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

In this hairpin, jade and tourmaline flowers are joined by a dragonfly, a butterfly and a bat. Ching court jewelry from the 18-19th centuries at the Taipei Palace Museum exhibit called Royal Style, Qing Dynasty and Western Court Jewelry.

Detail of Chinese hait pin. Gina Hellweger collection

Chinese artist | Bridal headdress, 1800s | Kingfisher feather, silk, enamel, brass, pearls, coral, assorted semi-precious stones. This headdress features metal mounts into which iridescent blue feathers of the Kingfisher have been laid. The crown is further ornamented with figures including numerous small cranes of pearls and semiprecious stones. The long strands of pearls would hang down around the bride's face and be drawn aside to give the bridegroom a glimpse of his betrothed.

Buddhist Lama's headdress, c. 1872, silk and metallic thread, Chinese artist. | Inscription: Longjiang Anchang Zao, Renshen Nian Zhongchun | This Lama's headdress is made with panels of silk richly embroidered with metallic thread. Five panels with triangular peaks wrap around the head of the wearer and two long strips extend from there down the sides.

Bridal headdress, 1800s | Kingfisher feather, silk, enamel, brass, pearls, coral, assorted semi-precious stones. This headdress features metal mounts into which iridescent blue feathers of the Kingfisher have been laid. The crown is further ornamented with figures including numerous small cranes of pearls and semiprecious stones. The long strands of pearls would hang down around the bride's face and be drawn aside to give the bridegroom a glimpse of his betrothed.

A ritual enamelled Cap Tibet, circa 1900

A Gold Hairpin | Chinese Ming Dynasty | 16th Century

"Gold Filigree Hairpins | China | Qing Dynasty, 18th century | This pair of hairpins is executed 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. | Each hairpin is double pronged."

"Eastern Tibetan copper priest's helmet with a silver repoussé tiara, decorated with 5 copper Jina Buddah figures within aureoles. The helmet has four attached figural silver motifs and a silver repoussé top. Stone inlays. c. 1900 or earlier."