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.).