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Five-Phoenixes Coronet inlaid with Kingfisher Feathers and Jewels

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Period: Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Medium: iron wire, paperboard, silk threads, kingfisher feather, gold filigree, pearl, gilt silver
Dimensions: height: 14 cm, width: 30 cm, weight: 671 g

The coronet is framed by iron wire and paperboard. From the outside, it has a reticulated design made by black silk threads with kingfisher feathers for surface ornament. Five gold filigree phoenixes are inlaid with pearls and jewels on the top and tassels in their beaks. Nine gilt silver pheasants are sewn below the phoenixes. Each holds a tassel of pearls, corals, turquoises, lazurites, rubies and sapphires. On the back the coronet also has tassel ornamentation.
  The coronet is an informal crown for imperial ladies including empresses and high-ranking concubines. It generally has a rattan frame or a black-silk-thread frame wound on a paperboard or iron wire in various designs, such as trellis pattern, cask pattern, endless knot pattern. On the surface, all sorts of jewels and pearls can be sewn into auspicious patterns. With ornamentation of fifty first rate pearls, hundreds of second and third rate pearls, and more than two hundred jewels, this coronet so glitters with luxury and value that it was mostly worn on festive occasions and traditional holidays.

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