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Hairpin

Hairpin

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    silver-gilt filigree, enamel, cornelians, pearls, silver wirework

  • Museum number:

    M.271-1921

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

M.266 to 273-1921 were purchased as a group from Reverend Arthur S. Adams who was part of the American Baptist Mission in Hopo, via Swatow, China. Apart from M.273-1921 belt clasp, the items in this group are types of adornments worn by brides of the Hakka community in Southern China.

Physical description

Hair ornament, silver-gilt filigree enriched with enamel and set with cornelians and pearls, on silver wirework backing with long pin above and an arrangement of pendent chains below. Roughly oval, convex. The ornament includes a stylised lotus, birds, bats, flower and fruits.

Place of Origin

China (made)

Date

18th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

silver-gilt filigree, enamel, cornelians, pearls, silver wirework

Dimensions

Width: 13.4 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Rev. A. S. Adams (M.266 to 273-1921)

Descriptive line

Hair ornament with silver-gilt filigree, China, 18th century

Materials

Silver; Enamel; Cornelian; Pearls

Techniques

Filigree; Wire-work; Enamelling

Categories

Accessories

Collection

East Asia Collection

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