Antique Hmong Silver Hairpin ETJ165


This tribal antique silver hairpin ending with a rolled swirl and notched stem is from Laos was made by the Hmong, a hill tribe people known for their love of silver and in the past, the cultivation of opium poppies in their mountain home. It is elegantly fashioned from solid high content silver and is in excellent condition.

Availability: In stock

In former times, the cultivation of opium poppies in their mountain home provided the income to purchase large quantities of silver to fashion into ornaments. Laos, along with Burma and Thailand made up the infamous Golden Triangle.

Length: 15cm, 5.9 in
Width: 1.8cm, 0.7 in
Weight: 14grams /0.5 oz.
Period: Mid 20thC
Provenance: Northern Laos

Reference: Paul & Elaine Lewis, Peoples of the Golden Triangle p.61

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