Butterfly (side profile) Kingfisher Pin

The beautiful, bright blue feathers from the kingfisher bird had been used for over 2,000 years in China. The feathers would act as an inlay on jewelry, hair ornaments, fans, and more. This method is called “tian-tsui.” The intricate frame of the hairpin is created with copper, then the feather is then precisely cut to shape and glued down. Hairpins were a popular use of these feathers and they were worn by both genders. Due to the almost-extinction of the kingfisher population, and the effect the craft had on the eyesight of artisans, their creation ended in the 1940s.

This hairpin is a side profile of a butterfly, decorated with red and white glass beads.

Circa: 19th century

Origin: China

Material: Copper, Kingfisher feather, and Glass

Condition: Very Good, some feather missing, and the pin seems to have been replaced

Dimensions: 3" H x 2" W

Inventory number: JL3835

$310

IN STOCK

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