Ornamental hair pin

unknownKorea, Joseon Dynasty

Sookmyung Women’s University Museum

Sookmyung Women’s University Museum

This type of hairpin represented social status according to their shapes and materials; it also played a role in fixing the crown on the head. Queens used gilt pins in the shape of a dragon; princesses wore gilt ones in the shape of a phoenix; women of noble families wore gilt or black ones in the shapes of frogs. In the court these pins were worn all the time, showing the ranks; upper-class people, however, wore them only for special occasions.

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  • Title: Ornamental hair pin
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date: Korea, Joseon Dynasty
  • Physical Dimensions: w5.5 cm
  • Provenance: Sookmyung Women's University Museum
  • Type: ornaments