To celebrate #InternationalWomensDay, our object of the week is fit for a Queen!
This headdress of silver and wire is from the Miao people of southern China, made in the 20th century. The headdress has small silver alloy pieces depicting lotuses, peacocks, chrysanthemums, lilies, and figures on horseback. It is also fringed with many metal cones suspended from metal pieces, which make wonderful tinkling noises! The Miao people used silver ornaments, especially in women’s costumes during festivals and celebrations, to ensure safety from evil, display wealth, and symbolize light and embody beauty and prosperity.