- Provenance information is currently unavailable
- Previous Owner(s)
Dr. Paul Singer 1904-1997
Single-prong kingfisher-feather hairpin (zan 簪) in the shape of a lotus flower in a vase with dangles (bu yao 步摇), red stone center, and red-colored beads
The ornament is a single shafted hairpin. The brilliant blue is the natural color of feathers from the kingfisher bird, which is native to some parts of China and other areas of Asia. These feathers were chosen to make jewelry because of their dazzling visual appeal.
- Published References
- Scientific Research in the Field of Asian Art: Proceedings of the First Forbes Symposium at the Freer Gallery of Art. London. pp. 15-23, fig. 2, pl. 3.
- Ellen Chase Blythe McCarthy. The Textile Speciality Group Postprints: Papers Delivered at the Textile Subgroup Session, a Joint Session with the Objects Speciality Group Concerning Composite Objects. vol. 12 Washington, June 2002. pp. 45-55.
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
- Rights Statement
Copyright with museum