comb (hair ornaments)

Ornamental comb made from silver, enamelled in turquoise, blue and lilac, worn as a woman's hair ornament. . The crest is embellished with a floral and foliate design, surmounted by five projecting objects, each of which has a symbolic meaning. The melon represents fertility, the hand with thumb touching forefinger symbolises perfection or enlightenment, the halberd or ji, is an auspicious symbol, the guandao, represents victory over evil and the two interlocking cash designs represent wealth.

Collection Information

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