hair pin

Long thin hairpin with four prongs forming a tree-like shape. On the end of the first prong is a butterfly made of silver and gilt decorated with a kingfisher feather. The wings are set with jade and the antennae are made of glass beads. On the end of the second prong is a silver and gilt orchid flower. The end of the third prong is a stalk made of silver and gilt decorated with a kingfisher feather. On the end of the fourth prong is an orchid made from silver and gilt.

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