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Woman's headdress (tien tzu)

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The Eurasian kingfisher is known for its radiant, iridescent feathers of electric blue. In China, the plumes, known as fei-ts'ui, are highly prized and were used as early as the Han dynasty (206 B.C. - A.D. 220) to decorate wall hangings and bedcovers. During the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing...

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Bequest from Miss Lucy T. Aldrich to the MFA, 1955

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Bequest of Miss Lucy T. Aldrich

Phoenix crown

Chinese, Qing dynasty, 19th century

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Overall: 21.59 x 24.77 x 19.05 cm (8 1/2 x 9 3/4 x 7 1/2 in.)

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Gilt metal, kingfisher feathers, jade, tourmaline, coral, turquoise, lapis lazuli, bone, pearl, glass, resin, silk satin weave, and silk plain weave


Textiles and Fashion Arts