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Hair Pins
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The hair pins have highly elaborate details.

History of the Object
The chased silver hair pins are equipped with gilded tops. The decoration on the tops of the pins is openwork and depicts dragons and phoenixes surrounded by palmette vines emerging from the dragon's jaws. The birds hold a band rosette in their beaks. During the T´ang period goldsmiths and silversmiths reached the peak of perfection under the strong influence of Persian silversmiths. The beautiful hair pins in silver gilt are excellent examples of this influence, although the design is entirely Chinese.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Silver and gold 
Measurements
345 x 55 mm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 7th century ~ AD 10th century 
Creation date
7th Century - 10th Century; T´ang Dynasty, 618-906 AD 
Function
Hair pins 
Acquisition
Acquired from C.T.Loo & Cie, Paris, France, in 1966 
Copyright
Photo: The Didrichsen Museum of Art and Culture archives, Jussi Pakkala 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The Didrichsen Museum of Art and Culture 
Museum
Didrichsen Art Museum 
Credit line
The Didrichsen Museum of Art and Culture 

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