(a) Feather): 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)
(b) Box): 1 3/4 x 16 in. (4.4 x 40.6 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Henry-George J. McNeary, 1966
Not on view
This elaborate, tubular lacquered box was intended as a storage container for an official's hat feather. The large, encircled characters in archaic style on one side of the container refer to "three eyes"—a hat feather with three peacock-feather eyes, which signified the highest honor. The work is an example of the Qing period's enthusiasm for archaism.
New York. China Institute in America. "Sheng Jie: Chinese Knotting," July 29, 1981–September 11, 1981.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Costumes and Accessories of the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911)," August 8, 2007–October 28, 2007.