An antique Chinese woven, coral seed bead hat button. It was worn during formal court ceremonies on an official's hat (Qingdai guanmao). The knob of the hat would identify the wearer's rank and coral signifies a second-rank official. It is mounted on a jade and silver base.
PLACE OF ORIGIN
Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)
Late 19th century
Width 2.75 Depth 2.75 Height 4 inches