Ornamental Hairpin with Rhinoceros Horn

UnknownKorea, 19th century

Sookmyung Women’s University Museum

Sookmyung Women’s University Museum
Seoul, South Korea

Black hairpins made of rhinoceros' horns were used for funerals of kings and queens, parents and husbands. Long ones were worn on the occasion of ritual service; short ones, during the mourning period. Large pins decorated with plum flowers and bamboo trees were used by the women of royal and upper class families.


  • Title: Ornamental Hairpin with Rhinoceros Horn
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Korea, 19th century
  • Location Created: Rep. of Korea
  • Physical Dimensions: l18~31 ㎝
  • Type: Ornaments
  • Rights: Sookmyung Women's University Museum

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