five pointed leaf motif with six leaved flower (in plain and twisted wire) within it; a multiple leaved blossom at center; pin extends down from center

Hair Ornament, one of a pair, 11th century

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These beautiful hairpins are decorated with imaginative floral blossoms intricately fashioned from gold sheet wire hammered, incised, and soldered together. On each pin is a double overlapping prunus blossom within a six-petal wire flower with five thin serrated-edged leaves. The floral style derives from Tang dynasty (618-906) gold and silver hair ornaments, which were popular with the aristocracy. Upper-class women of Tang, Song (960-1279), and Liao (916-1125) required a variety of hair combs and pins to maintain the elaborate hairstyles that were fashionable. A number of gold broaches and hairpins similar in style and technique to these have been excavated from Liao tombs.

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Hair Ornament, one of a pair
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Accession Number
94.30.2.1
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five pointed leaf motif with six leaved flower (in plain and twisted wire) within it; a multiple leaved blossom at center; pin extends down from center