Hairpin

This Southern Chinese-style bow-shaped hairpin with floral motifs, and is part of a set of three comprising of two bow-shaped hairpins, one larger and one smaller, and a third larger decorative hairpin. The larger decorative hairpin features the three auspicious Daoist personages, "Fu, Lu, Shou" (福禄寿) which represent good fortune, prosperity and longevity. The use of this form of hairpins can be found in Ming dynasty paintings, and this set of hairpins was most likely used by the Peranakan women in Indonesia.

Date/Period
Late 19th century
Region
North coast of Java or South Sumatra
Dimension
Object size: 9.2 x 1.7 x 1.2 cm
Accession No.
2002-00497-002
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Edmond Chin
Category
Gold