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Hair ornament

Hair ornament

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver-gilt filigree, enamel, coral, cornelian, pearl, silk, silver, wire-work

  • Museum number:


  • 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, cornelians and pearls, and silk tufts, on silver wire-work backing. Below hang fifteen slender chains with fish and pomegrantate drops. With it are two pins having silver-gilt filigree heads. Oval, convex, the ornament includes a temple with figures of Laozi and the Eight Immortals, a butterfly and two phoenixes.

Place of Origin

China (made)


18th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Silver-gilt filigree, enamel, coral, cornelian, pearl, silk, silver, wire-work


Length: 13.8 cm hairpin, Width: 11.5 cm hair ornament

Object history note

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

Historical context note

Ornament for the back of the head.

Descriptive line

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


Silver-gilt; Enamel; Coral; Cornelian; Pearl; Silk; Silver


Filigree; Enamelling; Wire-work




East Asia Collection

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