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Hair ornament - Jewellery


  • Object:

    Hair ornament

  • Place of origin:

    Chamdo (made)

  • Date:

    2003 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Copper alloy, set with dyed turquoise matrix

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr John Clarke

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

A woman's hair ornament or metok made by a Chinese craftsman in Derge, eastern Tibet in 2003. This style is popular in the Derge and Chamdo areas of eastern Tibet. The piece is attached to the hair by means of a loop at the back.

Physical description

Woman's head ornament, melong pongu or metok. A woman's head ornament made of copper alloy, set with a single piece of dyed turquoise matrix.

Place of Origin

Chamdo (made)


2003 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Copper alloy, set with dyed turquoise matrix


Diameter: 8.5 cm, Depth: 5.5 cm

Descriptive line

Woman's head ornament, copper-gilt, silver-gilt, eastern Tibet, 2003.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

John Clarke: Jewellery of Tibet and Himalayas, V&A Publications
ISBN 1 85177 4238, 2004, page 91, no.80.

Production Note

Derge town, Tibet.


Copper alloy; Dyed turquoise matrix




South & South East Asia Collection

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