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