Headdress, T93.0089
Posted: Jan 8th, 2020 | Collection Spotlight

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.

This headdress was featured in our 2013 exhibit “Shine,” which showcased objects from around the world that used various lustrous materials. Featuring objects dating back 200 years, these handmade objects were ordinary, ingenious, traditional, and radiant.

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