Gold Phoenix Zan - Detail

Hubei Provincial Museum

Hubei Provincial Museum

This is a set of two Zan hairpins in the shape of phoenixes. They were cast as pieces and then welded together.The head of the hairpin is a hollow phoenix, with its torso, wings, and tail delicately formed by fine wires, while the head, neck, and pin were formed by the repoussé method.The gold phoenix stands on a hollow cloud, looking graceful and noble.These hairpins would be inserted in the bun parallel to each other.

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  • Title: Gold Phoenix Zan - Detail
  • Location: Tomb of Prince Zhuang of Liang, Zhongxiang City, Hubei Province
  • Medium: Gold
  • Excavation Date: 2001
  • Dynasty: Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644
  • Dimensions: Left length: 23.5cm, weight: 95g.Right length: 24cm, weight: 94.6g