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Gold Hairpin with Semi-precious Stones

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Period: Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Medium: gold and semi-precious stones
Dimensions: length: 24 cm, width: 7.5 cm

The shaft of the hairpin is made of gold filigree. On the ornamental part, the artist used incising and gold filigree to create five longevity fungi, which form a plum blossom. Inlaid with a red tourmaline, each longevity fungus resembles a petal of the plum blossom. In the center of the ornament is a filigree character for longevity (shou) with a fine pearl. Blue kingfisher feathers were applied to add rich color. The hairpin has a lovely shape, exquisite filigree decorations, and auspicious meaning.

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