Jewels that belonged to an empress or two from the Qing dynasty who ruled China fro 1644 to 1912. Collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing and part of the exhibition “Empresses of China’s Forbidden City”.

Hairpin with crab and reed. 1834 or earlier. Daoquang period.
Hairpin with crab and reed. 1834 or earlier. Daoquang period. Silver with gilding, jade, kingfisher feather, pearl and ruby. Palace Museum, Gu10223. © The Palace Museum. Fair use license. via https://america.cgtn.com/2018/09/19/the-empresses-of-china
Bracelets with bats, peaches and flowers. Probably 19th or early 20th c.
Bracelets with bats, peaches and flowers. Probably 19th or early 20th c. Gilded silver, tortoiseshell, coral, kingfisher feather, pearl, ruby, jadeite, and tourmaline Palace Museum, Gu10371. © The Palace Museum. Fair use license. via http://www.alaintruong.com/archives/2018/08/18/36637303.html
Hairpin with figure and vase. 18th or 19th c.
Hairpin with figure and vase. 18th or 19th c. Gilded silver, pearl, sapphire, coral, turquoise and kingfisher feather. Palace Museum, Gu10130. © The Palace Museum, Beijing. Fair use license. via https://enfilade18thc.com/2018/11/14/exhibition-empresses-of-chinas-forbidden-city-1644-1912/

More exquisite items from this exhibit coming in future posts.

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