China | A group of 23 hair ornaments of silver and kingfisher feathers, among them four pairs, and four silver hair ornaments, one with dragons in silver filigree and a coral, one with translucent enamels. | Around 1900 | Est. 1'200€ ~ (June '13)
Kingfisher feathers were most used for hair ornaments and less often in fancy hats. Shown here is a a phoenix crown that was typically worn by empresses in earlier Chinese dynasties but was a garment that was appropriated by other segments of Chinese society in formal occaisons like marriage. These crowns were often formed over copper wire and then covered with kingfisher feather inlay in the shapes of flowers, butterflies, phoenixes, pearls, and mirrors.