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Neck Rings
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Jewellery of the minority nationalities living in China is noted for its bold design and techniques. In the Miao society the more silver ornament a woman wears the wealthier and more beautiful she becomes. The Miao have about 50 different kinds of jewellery. A complete set of jewellery worn on the New Year festivities may weigh up to 10 kilograms.

History of the Object
The Miao have no written language and all their traditions are passed down orally, which is expressed in the art of jewellery. In Guizhou the legend says the silver ornament, which symbolizes light, was worn by the Miao women in order to avoid evil, dispel demons and guarantee safety.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Silver 
Measurements
Width 28-42 cm. Length 28-48 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Guizhou, China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century 
Function
Ceremonial Jewellery 
Acquisition
Purchased in China 
Copyright
World Jewellery Museum 
Acknowledgements
The Art of Silver Jewellery from the minorities of China, Golden Triangle, Mongolia and Tibet. Skira, Milan 2006 
Owner
World Jewellery Museum 
Museum
World Jewellery Museum 
Credit line
World Jewellery Museum 

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