Wedding headdress

Pan Yao

This is not a headdress, but only part of it! For the wedding of the ethnic Pan-Yao woman, who lives in the district of Kontszyan in the Chinese province of Guizhou, they make a truly gigantic headdress. My sample, bought in an antique shop in Shanghai, is a leather cylinder with a flat bottom that extends outside; it is decorated with a fringe of large beads. On both sides this bottom transforms into something that looks like two wings, which swirl up to form something resembling two spreading-apart horns, which, presumably, have a symbolic meaning. On its top the headdress has additional long wooden plates, and a veil in the back that covered the neck and shoulders of the bride. China, Guizhou, Kontszyan.