Hair pin

This hair ornament represents a fraction of the wide repertoire of silver jewellery made, worn and exchanged by highland communities in northern Thailand. For many highland communities, silver was valued more highly than gold. Silver jewellery was a way of investing a family’s wealth to be passed down as heirlooms. It was also believed to have protective properties. Today, where security maybe a problem, silver is kept locked away while aluminium is used as a substitute.

Date/Period
Early 20th century
Region
Northern Thailand
Dimension
Object size: D2.5 x L15.2 x W1.6 cm
Accession No.
1993-00849
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Silver