Worn in the Xigatse region, this magnificent piece is an extremely rare find. The ornament was worn on the head as part of an ornate hairstyle. It is adorned with large pieces of aged coral and turquoise. The strings of pearls that hang in front have been restrung for strength and contain dyed pearls - a preference of the people in that time/region. The back is tied to the side ends to create a pyramid-like structure on top of the head.
The lines of pearls that are shown flowing to the bottom are a unique yellow.
LITERATURE REFERENCE : 'Tibetan Nomads' by Schuyler Jones. This book contains several photographs and explanatory notes on such headdresses.
MUSEUM PRESENCE : Photographs of Tibetan headdresses are available in the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, UK.
MEASUREMENT : Diameter on the longer side : 60 cm (Shorter dia = 27 cm)
A few pearls discolored.
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