The Hmong can no longer rely on the cultivation of opium poppies to finance their love of silver ornamentation and we’ve been told that highly skilled Hmong silversmiths are a thing of the past. The vast majority of antique Hmong silver has already been traded for cash in the cities. Recently made Hmong jewelry is often composed of inferior alloys or aluminum or sometimes silver plating over tin.
Diameter: 14cm, 5.5 in
Width at opening: 5.5cm, 2.2 in
Weight: 127 grams /4.5 oz
Period: Late 19th century
Provenance: Northern Laos