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Coral Hairpin with Inlaid Flower Design

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Period: Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Dimensions: Height: 26 cm; width: 12 cm

In the late-Qing period (Qing dynasty, 1644–1911), women of the Eight Banners often embellished their hair styles with hairpins with large flower designs. The imitation flowers were mostly made of silk while more luxurious pieces used gemstones. The flowers on this hairpin are made of costly materials such as coral, jadeite, and tourmaline. A tourmaline and jadeite butterfly has been added above the flowers to illustrate the 'butterflies love flowers' motif. 

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