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Vintage tiara, Indonesian Sumatra peacock bridal crown headdress hair accessory

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I also have a similar version in silvertone.

It would make a wonderful display or decorater piece as well as a unique costume accessory.

SIZE: height at front 6 ins (15 cms); side wings 4½ ins (11 cms). Diameter approx 6-9 ins (16-28 cms) adjustable.

CONDITION: good vintage condition, signs of wear and use are to be expected on pre-owned items. There are some missing rhinestones.

DATE: these traditional headdresses are difficult to date since they were made in the same style for many years. Probably latter half 20th century.


This wonderful headdress is made in the form of a crown with upwards flaring wings at the back. It is clearly intended to represent the form of a figural peacock. The head of the peacock stands out proud from the front of the headdress as seen in photographs 1 and 2.

It comprises a gilt metal framework in three main sections. At the front is a pointed section resembling a crown with the head and breast of the bird. There are two two “wings” at each side which flare up in a graceful curve towards the back.

The headdress is based upon a metal band which allows it to be adjusted to fit different sizes. The mechanism closes in the back as seen in the illustrations.

Reference should also be made to the final picture which shows a bridal couple in which the lady is wearing traditional Sumatran headdress. The young bride has a very similar rhinestone studded tiara in a peacock shape in which the head of the bird stands proud above the forehead. It is combined with floral hairpins set on springs and frangipani blossom falling in a cascade over the shoulder.

These headdresses are not light and are usually worn over a special cap which helps to take the weight. Indonesia is a Moslem country and some brides wear the headdress on top of a veil which conceals all the hair according to Islamic tradition.


Large and elaborate headdresses are still part of the traditional dress worn on festive and ceremonial occasions such as weddings in Borneo, Sarawak, Sumatra and other western islands. Elaborate metal headings gilded, embossed and engraved are attached to combs and worn tiara like on the front or top of the head. These are frequently accompanied by many quivering metallic pins set with rhinestones and adding sparkle. The wing like shapes of some of the headdresses evoke images of buffalo horns, rooftops or boats.

Such hair combs and headdresses are still part of the wedding regalia for bridal couples. In the past they were passed down through families as treasured heirlooms. However many aristocratic families have become impoverished and have reluctantly sold their treasured possessions. As a result original and handsomely crafted combs and headdresses are finding their way into western collections. Complete outfits of wedding regalia for both bride and groom are now usually rented from a Pemaes or specialist company who also does the bridal make up and hairdressing for the great day.

Alas, many young brides are now discarding these lovely (but heavy) traditional crowns and tiaras in favour of modern Western style dress and rhinestone studded tiaras made in China.

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Vintage tiara, Indonesian Sumatra peacock bridal crown headdress hair accessory


  • Vintage item
  • Materials: gilded brass, brass, rhinestones
  • Ships worldwide from Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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