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Qing Dynasty 'bianfang' is cool in summer | Updated: 2018-08-02 15:10

The searing summer heat has led many women to do up their long hair and enjoy a little relief. They might find inspiration from ancient China, where there were many decorative hair accessories to create updos, including the bianfang used by noble ladies of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). This flat, ruler-like hair accessory could help your tresses stay up in style while cooling you down at the same time.

Bianfang from the Qing Dynasty royal court are primarily made of jade, but may also include coral, jadeite or jade inlaid gems. They are often decorated with inlaid flowers or small animals. Let's take a look at some bianfang from the Palace Museum's collections.

A white jade bianfang inlaid with jewels and flower patterns, from the Qing Dynasty. [Photo/Official Weibo account of the Palace Museum]
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