Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Gumleaf tiara

0604 vintage headpiece
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
This early 20th century ?headpiece ?tiara is just delightful, incorporating native flora into this sort of formal decoration. It is in the Powerhouse Museum (Sydney) as part of the Inspired: Design Across Time exhibition.

There is something so quirky and pleasing about the grandeur of a tiara and the occasions on which it would be worn combined with the natural form of a gumleaf: and the suggestion of pride in country. The Sydney Town Hall has some wonderful old decoration on the ceilings based on waratah, wattle and other native flora.

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