If his hard work attracted the emperorâ€™s attention, a Qing Dynasty official was awarded a peacock feather for his hat. The tube-shaped green bead on the hat above is for displaying one of these prized feathers. Most officials, however, spent their careers working far from the emperorâ€™s court. To keep them from growing too powerful or comfortable, provincial officials were relocated every few years and never allowed to serve in their home region. Promotions brought posts in more cosmopolitan areas, with the dream of a position in the capital.