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 rare 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 video of a dance in which this has been worn may be viewed here.
antique tibetan jewelry
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.