This piece is awesome. I found it at an antique store in Colorado tucked away in a case. This is an original antique Kingfisher Feather Chinese Butterfly, era from the late 1800's to early 1900s. Please refer to all photos to see its beauty. I did nothing to the original Locket frame. The color is an iridescent ,aqua, turquoise blue that captures vivid colors in the light. The butterfly is 2 inches long and the feathers are an inch tall not including the antennas. The locket frame measures with loop 3 inches tall, without loop 2-1/2 inches tall and 2-1/4 inches wide. On the back is a little window were either hair or a keepsake was placed. It is signed on the back Sky. With an eye scope it looks like the right wing has a teeny tiny spot of clear glue on it obviously done years ago. This does not take away from its beauty. For 2,000 years, the Chinese have been using the iridescent blue feathers of kingfisher birds as an inlay for fine art objects and adornment, from hairpins, headdresses, and fans to even panels and screens. The most expensive, commissioned pieces used a species of kingfisher from Cambodia. So great was the export to sate Chinese demand, the trade of feathers may have been a major contributor to the wealth of the Khmer Empire, and used to help fund the construction of the magnificent temples near Siem Reap, Cambodia including Angkor Wat. The finest pieces of kingfisher art were reserved for royalty or high-ranking Chinese government official (called a mandarin (bureaucrat).
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Kingfisher Bird Feathers Butterfly in Oval Hair Locket Frame Original Chinese Antique King Fisher