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Ornaments for a Woman's Hat

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th–19th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Gold, gilded metal, kingfisher feathers, glass, and semiprecious stones
Dimensions:
a) W. 7 in. (17.8 cm) b) H. 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm); W. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm) c) H. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm); W. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm) d) H. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm); W. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm) e–k) each: H. 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm); W. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm)
Classification:
Jewelry
Credit Line:
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1915
Accession Number:
15.95.181a–k
Not on view
Ornaments such as these, which were most likely part of a larger set, would have been attached to a hat made of silk thread on wire and worn by women at court. Unlike more formal headdresses decorated with gold ornaments, hats of this type were widely used. One of the Qianlong Emperor's daughters received thirty such hats as part of her dowry.
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