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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.

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

    • 625 Pins

    Chinese gold hairpin in the shape of flame. 11.2 cm large, the hairpin has still six rubies and six sapphires around a large ruby. It was found in Nanjing with other gold jewelry inside a tomb dating from the late 15th century CE, when Ming Dynasty was at its peak.

    Another gold hairpin encrusted with rubies and sapphires that dates back to the second half of the 15th century found in Nanjing in the grave goods of the tomb of Lady Mei. She was the third wife of a duke who ruled Yunnan, mother and appreciated counselor of another governor of Yunnan when Ming Dynasty was at its peak

    Enamel braid ornament on silver with inlaid Corals. Mongolia early 20th c (private collection Linda Pastorino archives sold collection Truus and Joost Daalder )

    Gold and gem-encrusted hairpins. Nanjing or Beijing, c. 1403-51. Excavated from the tomb of Zhu Zhanji, Prince Zhuang of Liang, and of Lady Wei at Zhongxiang, Hubei province. © Hubei Provincial Museum 湖北省博物馆

    Mongolia | Headdress of Queen Dondogdulam, a mother dakini of theocratic Mongolia of the beginning of the 20th Century. | Queen Dondogdulam wore this headdress during official ceremonies. | Made by Bogd Khaan palace’s artisans in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia

    19th century Mongolian lady headdress. Gilt silver, coral, cotton lining. Private collection

    rare shape, full headdress coral with silver Mongolia (archives sold )

    Mongolia | Hair ornaments from Khalkha; gilded silver, turquoise, coral and seed pearls | ©The Splendour of Ethnic Jewelry: From the Colette and Jean-Pierre Ghysels Collection. Text: France Borel. Photographs: John Bigelow Taylor. Thames and Hudson, 1994. Page 170

    A lozenge plaque worn by Mongolian woman to adorn the forehead. The plaque was sewn onto black cotton fabric and is part of an elaborate headdress

    Ceremonial crown of the type worn by royal princes in Nepal. Ca. 1850-1890. Silver, gold and stones. Height: 25.4 cm (10 in). British Museum

    mutig pa lung headdress, of cloth with coral, turquiose gold and pearls mounted on a bamboo frame covered with felt. Gyantse, Tsang Province, Tibet. collection of Nelly Van den Abbeele

    Northeastern Tibet | Man's hair ornament; silver, glass beads || Newark Museum; Carter D Holton Collection 36.423

    Ga'u hair ornament (takor) Lhasa, Tibet mid-20th century Turquoise set in gilt silver

    This white jade ornament features a phoenix with outstretched wings and spreading tail feathers which was used in the decoration of ceremonial headwear during the Tang Dynasty. The small holes in the wings and tail of the bird would have served to sew the ornament onto a fabric support.

    Large Chased Silver Hair Pin China 19th century

    Large Silver Hair Pin Chinese Minorities, Southern China or Golden Triangle early 20th century

    Two Silver Straits Chinese Hairpins (Kerok Kuping) Singapore or Malacca, Malaysia circa 1900. The shape of this type of large silver hairpin known as a kerok kuping appears based on a huge ear-prick. Not as heavy as they look (or else they would fall out of the hair), they were worn in hair buns by nonyas (Straits Chinese womenfolk) in Singapore and Malacca.

    18th Century Chinese Helmet with Original Embroidery

    Emperor Yongzheng Ceremonial Helmet. The emperor's role as head of the military required special ceremonial 'armour'. Worn for reviews, it was made more for show than active battle. © The Palace Museum.

    Tibetan ceremonial helmet

    Helmet, China, 19th century The Hermitage Museum

    Hat of an official | China | 19th century | velvet, untwisted silk, brass & peacock feather | The Hermitage | Inventory #: ЛТ-8194

    A Chinese Kingfisher Feather and Metal Hairpin, the metal with a gilt wash throughout, having a bowed base surmounted with seven lotus roots, supported with coil springs.

    moonbeam-on-changan:Antique hairpins that once wore by wives of emperors in Qing dynasty, in the Palace Museum, Beijing. Photos by 故宫博物院