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Bich'gae Dwikkogi (Small Hairpin)
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Written characters of longevity and good fortune are engraved on each side of the hairpin. It carries the ancestor's hope for a long life and good luck. Its design is elaborate and decorated with enameled silver.

History of the Object
Along with a binyeo, a dwikkoji was used to decorate a chignon. It was also more widely used after the ban of wearing gachae (hair extension). It was perhaps the smallest of hair ornaments, some being simply decorative and others functional. Most dwikkoji's were made of silver or nickel. The head was in the shape of among others a flower, butterfly, peach or phoenix and decorated with colorful enamels. Sometimes they were made of jade, or coral carved into beautiful shapes and were used in the palace or by the noble ladies.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Metal (enameled silver) 
Measurements
Length 6 -9 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Seoul, Republic of Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century ; Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) 
Function
A dwikkoji is a fuctional hairpin used as a small parting tool for hair to apply oil to hair and to remove dirt between the teeth of combs. 
Acquisition
Purchased in Seoul in 1970s 
Copyright
Bona Museum 
Acknowledgements
Bonamuseum Collection, Traditional Ladies Hair Ornaments, Graphicnet, Seoul, 2010 
Owner
Bona Museum 
Museum
Bona Museum 
Credit line
Bona Museum 

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