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Hairpin

Hairpin

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver-gilt filigree and silver wiring, enamelling, coral beads, imitation stones

  • Museum number:

    M.270-1921

  • 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 coral beads and false stones; on silver wirework backing with long pin above and an arrangement of pendent chains below. A curved band tapering to right and left. Besides a row of bats, the ornament consists mainly of flowers, birds and insects.

Place of Origin

China (made)

Date

18th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Silver-gilt filigree and silver wiring, enamelling, coral beads, imitation stones

Dimensions

Width: 11.4 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 gilt; Enamel; Coral

Techniques

Filigree; Wire-work; Enamelling

Categories

Accessories

Collection

East Asia Collection

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