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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.

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."

"An eastern Tibetan copper and silver repoussé vajrasrattva headdress of conical form with three rounded tiers separated by foliate bands. The attached silver repoussé tiara depicting five copper Jina Buddhas in relief with aureoles, including Vajrasattiva within a niche at the top, surrounded by a rock-crystal vajra finial. c. 1900 or earlier."

A Pair of Gold and Enamel Hairpieces | Chinese Qing Dynasty | 18th Century | A pair of unusual hairpins made from gold and enamelled in pale blue and set with pearls.

China | Kingfisher tiara/headdress used by a provencial Chinese leader dating to the 19th century. Rendered in hand wrought brass and metal, inlaid with iridescent turquoise kingfisher feathers. Cabochon glass jewels present as well.

Sets of Mongolian hair ornaments Silver, turquoise, enamel, coral. The Gina Hellweger Collection.

Ornamental hair comb, Tang Dynasty, 9-11C. China Silver, parcel gilt.

This is a Tang Dynasty comb (618-907), 5 x 7,5cm, jade with gold ending. Shown and sold by Gisele Croes at the exhibition "Ritual Objects and early Buddhist Art" in Her Galerie Danese in New York in March 2004.

Akha Wedding Ceremony Headdress. This masterpiece was made by an Akha mother for her daughter for her wedding ceremony | The Akha are an indigenous hill tribe that live in small villages at high altitudes in the mountains of Thailand, Burma, Laos, and Yunnan Province in China.

Hairpin Decorated with a Hieroglyph | 17th - 18th century China | Gold, rubies and tourmalines; filigreed and enameled.

Ornament Shaped like a Phoenix Gold and spinel; filigreed and enamelled. L. 3.5 cm China. 17th - 18th century Source: www.hermitagemuse...

Mukut - Ritual Crown Paper (papier-mache). 5 parts 13.5å11 cm (each) China, Tangut State of Xi -Xia, Khara-Khoto. 12th-14th century Source of Entry: Anthropology and Ethnography Museum (the Kunstkammer). 1934.

Hair Ornament Shaped like a Crab Gold and almandine; filigreed and enamelled. L. 4.5 cm China. 17th - 18th century Source: www.hermitagemuse...