The headwear of an official during the Manchu Qing Dynasty in China consisted of a black velvet cap, or a hat woven in rattan or similar materials, both with a finial on top. Red tassels extended down from the finial, and a large peacock feather or pheasant feather could be attached to the back of the cap.
The colour and shape of the finial depended on the wearer's grade. The royalty and nobility used various numbers of pearls. An officer of the first grade wore a translucent red ball ; second grade, solid red ball ; third grade, translucent blue ball ; fourth grade, solid blue ball; fifth grade, translucent white ball ; sixth grade, solid white ball . Officers of the seventh to ninth grade wore gold or clear amber balls of varied designs.
The Qing official also wore a mandarin square.