Hair Combs: China, Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal, Central Asia
The collection includes all types of hair ornaments: combs, pins, diadems, crowns, and tiaras.
A RARE GOLD HAIR ORNAMENT INLAID WITH TURQUOISE QING DYNASTY, 18TH / 19TH CENTURY executed in gold filigree work forming five broad petals overlapping with five slender petals in beaten gold, the rosette inlaid to the centre with a turquoise floret and encircled by five smaller turquoise stones, the flattened pin chased with a butterfly and three birds, incised below with a winged boy and a mythical animal amid swirling clouds. Sotheby's
Parure funéraire féminine. Bronze et argent dorés, H : 23cm L : 21.1cm (Masque), H : 30.3cm L : 24.4cm (Coiffe à ailettes). Chine septentrionale (Mongolie intérieure?) 1er quart du XIIe siècle. fr:Dynastie Liao (907 – 1125) Musée Cernuschi, M.C. 2001-8 - M.C.2001-9. Dons de M. et Mme. Agnès et Christian Deydier 2001
Superb Manchu diadem ornated with symbols of good fortune like three bats (in the center and on each side), pears and pomegranates of gemstones. The metal is embellished with kingfisher feathers inlaid. The decor is set with wire to create a theatre perspective. Qing dynasty (1644 -1911) Manchu
This is a Huasheng (花胜), or floral hair ornament. It is worn in a chignon above the middle of the forehead. A lotus flower is the central subject. Stories about Huasheng go back to the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 9 CE). The Book of Han, Vol 2, includes a biography of the Chinese poet Sima Xiangru, who wrote, “She lives in a cave, wearing Huasheng in her snow-white hair.” On Hunan Day, women give Huasheng as gifts, as scholars climb to elevations to compose poems.
Antique Khorezem jewellery worn on the top of the bonnet. | Very rare hexagonal shape. Gilt silver, glass stones over foil, turquoises, cornelians and coral. | Late 19th century.
The pyramid-shaped hair pins from The Creative Museum are worn by Red Taï and Hmong women in Laos. Their hairstyles often took more than one pin to keep them in place. Made in the early 20th Century, the long one has a pyramid shape and ornate filigree decorations. It is hollow with a lid and used as a tobacco container, a marriage between beauty and function. The shorter one is wood wrapped in silver.
Cambodian comb from the Musée de Quai Branly of a wing box carved with a dragon and zoomorphic and floral motifs. It consists of small bamboo slats cut separately and strained by a linen thread wrapped around two bamboo sticks as a framework. These combs were used to weave the decorative strips at the bottom of silk sarongs. A resist-dye method that prevented dye from reaching all the cloth was used to make patterns. It was called "ikat," or "hol."
Guangxu period (1875-1908), Qing dynasty Gilt bronze, pearl, glass bead, and kingfisher feather Length: 11 cm, width: 6 cm A mantis, a katydid, and a wasp made of glass beads are lying side by side on a gilt bronze leaf inlaid with kingfisher's feathers. The Qing imperial ladies changed headdresses as the seasons alternated and on annual festivals. The design of autumn insects on this hairpin suggests it a hair ornament for the autumn equinox (qiu fen).