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Earrings
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Married women wear these earrings as part of their headdress, illustrative of the Mongolian taste for very elaborate jewellery. Coral is particularly prized by the Mongols. Its red color symbolizes life.

History of the Object
In Mongolia, little girls have their ears pierced at an early age in order to be ready for the day when some small boy, aged seven will bring them a pair of silver earrings. Acceptance of this gift implies tacit agreement to a subsequent marriage. Earrings, headdresses, together with camels, horses and cattle, make up the matrimonial settlement offered by the suitor's family to that of the bride.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Silver, Coral, Turquoise, Enamel 
Measurements
Width 5 cm. Length 17 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Chahar Province, Mongolia 
Geography
Mongolia 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; Early 20th Century 
Function
Mongolian married woman's jewellery 
Acquisition
Purchased in the Netherlands 
Copyright
World Jewellery Museum 
Acknowledgements
Ethnic Jewellery from Africa, Asia and Pacific Islands. The Rene van der Star collection. Pepin Press BV, 2002 
Owner
World Jewellery Museum 
Museum
World Jewellery Museum 
Credit line
World Jewellery Museum 

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