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17th c Ming Khotan Mutton's Fat White Jade Hair Pin / Silver Pen

17th c Ming Khotan Mutton's Fat White Jade Hair Pin / Silver Pen

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Late Ming White Jade Hairpin (LMJ101603)
Date: 17th century | Late Ming dynasty
Material: Khotan (Hetian) jade of a grayish white hue, .925 sterling silver
Length: 16 cm
Weight: 31.3 grams
Provenance: From a New York estate

A very delicate and finely carved 17th c late Ming dynasty white jade hairpin, comprising of an elegant solid stem with with a slightly curving end connecting to a reticulated finial depicting a phoenix perched amongst flowers. A very similar hairpin is in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum (A.48-1938).

A box of antique pen tips are included. The tips can be removed and exchanged for different shapes and styles depending on your writing needs.

Condition: the visible portion of the hairpin is in good condition, however it has been modified in the 19th century into a ink pen handle. [Please examine all photos carefully, as they are part of the condition report.]