With a 6.5cm-long handle, this hairpin has a total length of 5cm, a width of 5cm and a weight of 8g. Its head was finished by gold-plating and tian-tsui. Literally meaning “dotting with kingfishers”, tian-tsui is a time-honored painstaking Chinese technique of applying pieces of kingfisher feathers onto silver jewelry. Kingfisher items can take on many shades of blue such as lake blue, dark navy blue, etc., with feathers chosen from different positions of kingfishers or applied in varied ways. The splendid kingfisher ornaments, with a natural feather textile as well as gorgeous gloss and colors that will never fade, have always been seen as the most precious pieces by women.


  • Title: Sliver Butterfly Hairpin Decorated with Kingfisher Feathers
  • Original Source: http://www.biftmuseum.com/
  • Physical format: 5cm×5(6.5)cm
  • Ethnic group: Han

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