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Chinese Bone Hairpin

Chinese Bone Hairpin

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Folk Art: Pre 1950: Item # 1343960

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Ornemental hairpin from the Li minority of Hainan ; it is made of buffalo bone, and engraved with a character, one arm up, riding a mythical mount (dragoon), and with a fish and numerous geometric designs.
The hollowed parts are filled with black pigment ; ancient glass and porcelain beeds and silk streamers. L : 20c. Hainan island, Li minority, first half of 20th. C.