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Ornaments for a Woman's Hat

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
18th–19th century
Gold, gilded metal, kingfisher feathers, glass, and semiprecious stones
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)
Credit Line:
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1915
Accession Number:
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.
[ Lockwood de Forest , New York, until 1915; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Costumes and Accessories of the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911)," August 8, 2007–October 28, 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Extravagant Display: Chinese Art in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries," December 14, 2010–May 1, 2011.

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