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Brooch

1872

Cincinnati Art Museum

Cincinnati Art Museum

This brooch features loops of hair in an openwork braid. In the center are three hairwork acorns with gold caps and two gold oak leaves. Oak trees and acorns represent longevity and new life. Acorns and other openwork structures were created by braiding the hair around a bead or wire mold. The completed braid was then boiled and dried in an oven, removing the mold afterwards.

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  • Title: Brooch
  • Date Created: 1872
  • Location: United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 2 x 1 3/4 x ¾ in. (5.1 x 4.4 x 1.9 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fleischmann
  • Accession Number: 2005.84
  • Medium: hair, gold

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