Pair of gold filigree gourd shape earrings

Shanghai Guanfu Museum

Shanghai Guanfu Museum
Shanghai, China

Since ancient times, the metal is known worldwide as one of the most perfect jewelry of raw material. Its advantages of high flexibility, stable chemical properties, and the glossy effect will not lost even through one thousand years, all makes the small jewelry production process extremely hard and refined. The process of gold wire production shows the advantages of gold to the highest level. The gold wire enriched the decorative level of objects whilst save the cost of material at the same time. The luxurious pair of the Ming Dynasty gourd earrings, each piece consists two openworked floral balls, one smaller and the other one a bit bigger, with scrolled vines and petals decorations , which formed together as a shape of gourd, small golden beads are decorated one by one and in an imperceptible way. The bottom bracket is decorated with small golden flower leave designs. There are also many other fine golden wires and beads in the junction part of the gourd and its hanger.


  • Title: Pair of gold filigree gourd shape earrings
  • Location Created: China
  • Provenance: Acquired by Shanghai Guanfu Museum
  • Type: Accessories
  • Rights: Shanghai Guanfu Museum, China

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