Pair of crown ornaments with phoenix on cloud, buried 1517
From the tomb of Duchess Xu, Nanjing
L.23.25 cm, W.6.5 cm
This pair of gold crown ornaments was meant to symmetrically adorn
the upper component of a “phoenix crown”, a traditional headdress
for noblewomen. Each ornament is formed of a long hooked pin with a
phoenix-on-cloud finial. A long string of jewelry would have been
suspended from each phoenix’s mouth, falling over the shoulders.
the ornaments were found inside the coffin of the former Duchess
Xu, known as Lady Zhu, from a wealthy family.