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By the mandate of heaven': a kingfisher-feather headdress in the National Museum of Scotland

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This article focuses on a kingfisher headdress selected for the new East Asia gallery at the National Museum of Scotland. Dating to the late Qing dynasty and previously thought to be part of an opera costume, new research has revealed that this intricate headdress might instead have been the property of a high-status lady.

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