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  Chinese emperor's ritual headdress

 

China

The mian or ritual headdress (fig.) as worn by the Chinese emperors of the Ming Dynasty, at grand ceremonies to offer sacrifices to the heaven and earth, when praying in ancestral temples, on holy days, etc. It has a flat, horizontal top, with jade beads hanging from the front and at the back, and long cords with tassels on the sides, a style that dates back to the very first emperor, Qin Shi Huang Ti (fig.).