Details
TWO SILVER HAIRPINS
10TH CENTURY
Each with an openwork head: one chased with two birds flanking a ribbon with trailing ends, the details engraved and highlighted in gilding; the second similarly decorated in repoussé with a pair of geese in flight.
6 3/8 and 5 ½ in. (16.3 and 14 cm.) long; weight 7.3 and 4.6 g
Provenance
Dr. Johan Carl Kempe (1884-1967) Collection, Sweden, before 1953, no. CK149 and CK150.
Sotheby's London, Masterpieces of Chinese Precious Metalwork. Early Gold and Silver, 14 May 2008, lot 100.
Literature
Bo Gyllensvärd, Chinese Gold and Silver in the Carl Kempe Collection, Stockholm, 1953, cat. nos. 149 and 150.
The 'geese' hairpin: Bo Gyllensvärd, 'T'ang Gold and Silver', Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, No. 29, Stockholm, 1957, fig. 89d.
Chinese Gold and Silver in the Carl Kempe Collection, The Museum of Art and Far Eastern Antiquities in Ulricehamn, Ulricehamn, 1999, pls. 47 and 148.
Exhibited
Washington, D.C., Smithsonian Institution, Chinese Gold and Silver in the Carl Kempe Collection, 1954-55, cat. nos. 149 and 150.

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