Eight Hair Ornaments

Hair ornaments generally refer to ornaments designed to hold it in place of certain style. The eight ornaments in ancient China are Ji, Zan, Chai, Buyao, Bianfang, Shubi, Crown and Sheng.

Ancient hair ornaments were mainly used to worship and status identification. Initially they were used both by men and women and later evolved to practical ornaments of hair style for women. Hair ornaments are often made of rare materials with beautiful patterns or three-dimensional figures. These decorations are usually worn on prominent positions after hair combing to polish and express feelings or best wishes through objects.

Apart from the eight ornaments, hair ornaments vary in era, geography and nation. Nowadays, the functions to show beauty and elegance remains. Less extravagant than their ancient counterparts, modern hair ornaments boast profound culture that takes on a fresh and fashionable look. The hair decoration culture is just an epitome of aesthetic value for several thousand years.

Hair ornaments presented here are collected from Beijing, Shanxi, Guizhou, Guangxi, Zhejiang and Shanxi in a time span of 5000 years from Neolithic Age to modern times.

The items displayed include: Ji, zan (or zanzi), chai, bianfang, shubi, crown and sheng.

Location: 2nd floor, Bai Branch Museum, South Park