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Gilt Dragon Hairpin of the Consort of Imperial Prince Yeong

Early 20th century

National Palace Museum of Korea

National Palace Museum of Korea

A pair of hairpins used by the Consort of Imperial Prince Yeong were set on two sides of the front part of the queen’s ceremonial hairpiece of a large wig, worn together with a ceremonial pheasant robe. The head of the hairpin is carved in the shape of a dragon holding the pearl of wisdom in its mouth. The mouth, filled with red beeswax, has a red glass bead inside, but only small portion of the bead is visible. The whole piece is gold-plated, but two small pearls which had been studded in the eyes are missing.

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  • Title: Gilt Dragon Hairpin of the Consort of Imperial Prince Yeong
  • Date Created: Early 20th century
  • Rights: National palace museum of Korea
  • Medium: Ornamental accessories

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