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Each cut from sheet gold with a three-tiered chrysanthemum with boss-like stamen at its center soldered to two levels of openwork petals, the first quatrefoil, with a bead at each terminal, the second hexafoil and backed by an almond-shaped leaf with hinged clip for attachment, one ornament with three large spherical beads hanging from suspended chains, the other with two thinly cut leaves and a peach suspended from chains; together with a pair of small gold sheet and filigree dragon-fish earrings, Ming dynasty, each delicately constructed from gold sheet and wire with a wide variety of piercing, chasing and filigree to form a coiled fish with dragon head
Ornaments 3 1/8in. (8.3cm.) long, approx., fitted box; earrings 1 3/8in. (3.7cm.) across, fitted box (4)

Lot Essay

A set of seven Liao hairpins, of which three have a similar chrysanthemum at their center, were included in the exhibition, Adornment for Eternity, Status and Rank in Ornament, Denver Art Museum, October 15, 1995-September 3, 1995, and illustrated by Julia M. White and Emma C. Bunker in the Catalogue, p. 163, no. 76


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