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Gilded Silver Vase Hair Accessory with Gemstone Inlay

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Period: Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Dimensions: Height: 9 cm; width: 6.5 cm

The dianzi was a kind of headdress first worn by Manchu women in the mid-Qing period (Qing dynasty, 1644–1911) and embellished with a set of accessories in certain positions on both the front and back. The accessories could be removed and replaced with ornaments of various styles according to changing fashions. This vase-shaped accessory is one such ornament; it could be sewed at the center of the dianzi or removed and replaced with other designs.

The accessory has a vase (baoping) as its central decorative theme. Made with silver filigree, the vase is inlaid with colored glass and filled with lotus flowers made with jadeite leaves, tourmaline petals, and kingfisher roots. The details are embellished with pearls as well as blue and red glass pieces.

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