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812
A GOLD 'FLORAL' HAIRPIN
SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY
Estimate
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812
A GOLD 'FLORAL' HAIRPIN
SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY
Estimate
30,00050,000
JUMP TO LOT

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A GOLD 'FLORAL' HAIRPIN
SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY
formed as a conjoined pair of long tapering rods, each rod comprising a thin shaft of solid-cast 22-karat gold set with a conical finial, the finial crafted from sheet gold worked in repoussé with a dense composite floral pattern in high relief against a pierced gold-mesh ground, the rods secured together by an oval chrysanthemum-form cap crafted from sheet gold, total weight 24.77 grams
Length 7 1/8  in., 18.1 cm
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Catalogue Note

Several gold hairpins of this type have been found in Southern Song dynasty tombs in Zhenjiang City, Jiangsu province, including two pairs identical to the present, and a closely related set in which the two rods are connected by a shared 'floral' U-shaped finial and signed Wang zuo gongfu (made by Master Wang), all in the collection of the Zhenjiang Museum and illustrated in Zhenjiang chutu jinyinqi [Gold and Silver Wares Unearthed in Zhenjiang], Beijing, 2012, pls 112 and 125. See also a gold hairpin of the same type as the present in the collection of the Pengzhou City Museum published in Sichuan Pengzhou Songdai jinyinqi jiaocang [Song Dynasty Gold and Silver Works Stored in Pengzhou City, Sichuan Province], Beijing, 2003, col. pl. 7.1; and another exhibited in Jin yao fenghua: Mengdiexuan cang Zhongguo gudai jinshi/Radiant Legacy: Ancient Chinese Gold from the Mengdiexuan Collection, Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2013, p. 23.

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