Tian-tsui

Tian-tsui is a style of Chinese art featuring kingfisher feathers. For 2,000 years, the Chinese have been using the iridescent blue feathers of kingfisher birds as an inlay for fine art objects and adornment, from hairpins, headdresses, and fans to panels and screens. While Western art collectors have focused on other areas of Chinese art including porcelainlacquer ware, sculpture, cloisonnesilk and paintings, kingfisher art is relatively unknown outside of China.