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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    675-750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, chased

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with Art Fund support, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities China Committee

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

A pair of silver scissors would have been used only in a wealthy family. The less affluent would have used iron ones.

Physical description

Pair of silver scissors, consisting of two blades, joined by a twisted wire. Each blade is chased on one side with a design of foliate scrolls, and on the other with a pattern of clouds. The blades are arranged so that one design of each type is visible on the blades on each side of the scissors.

Place of Origin

China (made)


675-750 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silver, chased


Length: 18.5 cm

Descriptive line

Pair of scissors, chased silver; China, 675-750, Tang dynasty


Ph_survey; Household objects


East Asia Collection

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