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White Jade Hair Ornament with Pierced “Longevity” Characters

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Period: Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Medium: white jade
Dimensions: length:32.3 cm; width: 2.9 cm

This hair ornament, bianfang, resembling a ruler in shape is carved from smooth and lustrous white jade. The head of the ornament features five prunus blossoms while the flat surface is pierced with a row of “shou”(longevity) characters alternating with swastikas to signify boundless longevity.  

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