Majie’s hairclip

This hairclip belonged to a majie, a Cantonese female domestic helper. In adherence to tradition, majies underwent a sor hei (combing up) ceremony where they took an oath before a statuette of Guan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) to remain unmarried and celibate. Sor hei, in literal terms, means to “comb up” the hair into a bun or plait.

Date/Period
Mid-20th century
Region
Singapore
Dimension
Object size: 2.8 x 9.6 x 6.2 cm
Accession No.
2017-00899
Material
Plastic
Collection of
National Museum of Singapore
Credit Line
Gift of Dr Mark Lu
Category
Garments and Accessories