Antique Hmong Silver / Teak Hairpin ETJ109


This antique Hmong hairpin consists of a teak wood shaft, partially covered with sheet silver which has a naturally aged patina. It is a particularly large example of its kind.

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The Hmong are a colorful hill tribe people known for their silversmith and weaving skills. Their original homeland is in the mountainous regions of southern China. Hmong living in Laos number around 200,000 and are divided into four sub-groups; the White Hmong, Striped Hmong, Red and Black Hmong.

As well as producing beautiful silver jewelry in the past, they are also known for their success with cultivating opium poppies.

Length: 20.5cm, 8 in
Weight: 20 grams / 0.7 oz
Period: 19th century
Provenance: Luang Prabang, Laos

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

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