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Hair ornament

Museum number:
9-21313f
Permalink:
ark:/21549/hm2109021313f
Alternate number:
IX-6 (original number)
Accession number:
Acc.4697
Object count:
1
Description:
Hair decorations [a-f] for girls at the mid-summer (dragon-boat) festival. 1) Replica of “tsung-tzu”: glutinous rice wrapped in reed or bamboo leaves and tied in many colors (sacrifice on dragon-boat day to the spirit of Ch’u Yuan, the faithful but slandered minister who drowned himself in protest) over frog, one of the poisonous animals for children; 2) Scorpion and snake on red velvet. There should be three more poisonous animals, but they can no longer be identified; 3) Many-colored ball over snake, one of the poisonous animals; 4) Two many-colored yarn braids; 5) Leeks over gourd; 6) Eight folded paper squares combined into a star, three glutinous rice packages in descending size and a large, many-colored tassel.
Donor:
Ilse Martin Fang
Collection place:
Peking, Beijing province, China
Verbatim coll. place:
China. Purchased at Peking flea market.
Culture or time period:
Chinese
Collector:
Ilse Martin Fang
Collection date:
1942
Materials:
Paper (fiber product)
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
2.2 Personal Adornments and Accoutrements
Accession date:
December 15, 1998
Context of use:
Hair decorations. 1942.
Department:
Cat. 9 - Asia (incl. Russia east of Urals)