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Peking Opera Headwear (Kuitou)

20th century

A costume headwear known as a Kuitou that was used in traditional Peking opera plays. The costume design mimics the elaborate headpieces of the Qing Dynasty, incorporating several moving parts, mimicking kingfisher feather Tian-Tsui through the application of cut and glued pieces of turquoise-blue satin and paper. The whole piece follows a motif of dragons chasing pearls while the front bears a depiction of a flaming round Shu (Longevity) character.

Such headpieces are used to signify the status, role and historical period of the character wearing them. Few craftsmen still keep the traditional art of Kuitou making today.

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