Woman's Headdress


Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Guangxu period (1875–1908)

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This type of headdress was worn by Manchu women on unofficial occasions. It is said that, originally, the hair itself was arranged over a form in this geometric configuration, but during the nineteenth century, black satin came to be used instead. When worn, the headdress would have been elaborately decorated with tassels, jeweled ornaments, and fresh or artificial flowers.

Woman's Headdress, Silk satin over a metal frame, China

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