We are very proud to offer a very, very old and fragile Manchu woman's Kingfisher Headdress. This headdress is Qing Dynasty, 1644-1911. For over 2,000 years the wealthy and often Royal Chinese have used Kingfisher bird feathers as an inlay for decorating fine objects and adornment. The process is called tian-tsui (dotting with Kingfishers). Kingfisher feathers are painstakingly cut and glued onto metal (gold or silver), wood, or paper-mache, etc. The effect is similar to cloisonné, but nothing rivals the electric blue color of the feathers. Blue is traditionally the favorite color in China. This type of Art was not well known outside of China. The intense color is not from pigments, but from the way light is bent and reflected back. Our Headdress has losses (see photos), but the many Kingfisher feathers left are a surprisingly bright blue. This headdress would most probably have been for a bride to wear. But it could also have been an operatic costume head piece. This headdress is primarily made of a brass frame that was gilted and looks like metal. Many areas are covered with Kingfisher feathers. A lot of areas still have the precious feathers, although many are lost. This 10½ inch high x 8½ inch wide headdress has numerous pom poms and lots of small metal decorative pieces, many covered with kingfisher feathers. There is a faded reddish muslin cloth lining. There are pink and blue pom-poms, although they are really old looking. There are springs mounted with red Peking glass balls on the ends, but many of the end balls are missing. The back really shows how old is this fabulous antique headdress. All the parts are very old, and fragile from age. Here is a chance to acquire a real antique Kingfisher Headdress. Our price is a bargain as these can sell for thousands of dollars. Plus, our headdress comes with its original wood lacquered box which is 9½ inches high x 13 inches long x 9½ inches wide. It is unheard of to have an original BOX! The box has a lengthwise short crack where lid slides onto top. It probably could be glued.
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We will ship this UPS ground, securely boxed, with tracking, insured and signature-required delivery (as required by PayPal and UPS).
Sorry, but we cannot ship this to Alaska, Hawaii, or Internationally. However, we will consider shipping to Europe or Asia, but the buyer will be charged an additional shipping cost and be responsible for all customs and others fees. Please write for the possibility of international shipping before purchasing.
NOTE: The high shipping cost is due to the high insurance fee, size, and weight. UPS and USPS have raised their rates once again! Should the shipping be substantially less than the charged fee, we will refund the difference. If the shipping is more than the charged fee, we will absorb the difference.
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