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Title

Back ornament

20th century

Artist

Miao people

China

Alternate image of Back ornament by Miao people
Alternate image of Back ornament by Miao people
Alternate image of Back ornament by Miao people
Alternate image of Back ornament by Miao people
Alternate image of Back ornament by Miao people
Alternate image of Back ornament by Miao people
Alternate image of Back ornament by Miao people
Alternate image of Back ornament by Miao people
Alternate image of Back ornament by Miao people
  • Details

    Other Titles
    Large silver dress fastener hook with ornamentation
    Ornament worn on the back
    Place where the work was made
    Kunming Yunnan Province China
    Date
    20th century
    Media category
    Jewellery
    Materials used
    silver
    Dimensions
    16.0 cm
    Credit
    Dee Court Fund 2008
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    27.2008
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Miao people

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  • About

    Silver jewellery, crafted by men, is an important element of Miao dress. Girls and women wear heavy silver bracelets, necklaces, earrings and crowns; silver plaques are stitched to their clothes. The Miao wear their clothes in multiple layers that indicate a family’s wealth. Poorer families cannot afford numerous layers of skirts and jackets, or extensive silver jewellery, even though each member of the community strives to have at least one elaborate outfit.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, September 2011

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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