AUD $280.00

Chinese, Dangly Earrings.

 

Old Chinese silver earrhooks with Celtic looking, auspicious Buddhist filigree “endless knots” and numerous chain dangles picked out with tiny cut out silver tips.

These are probably Late Ching Dynasty and were worn originally by the Tu people of Qinghai Province, China.

Seperate to and hanging beneath the knot is a hollow silver “gourd” or “melon” that still has some “mid green” enamel on most of its surface.
From this gourd 2 tiers of "s" chain dangles ending in small plain silver leaves, some of which have also been enamelled in matching green.
This chain construction allows seperate finer movement and the knot is in two superimposed parts.

The hook is very long and pretty thick (about 1.6 mm, that’s 14 gauge) so obviously for a pretty experienced ear.
Often ones similar to this are worn from a headdress rather than from the actual ear.

We may also have other variations of these, see also CE100, CE102, CE103 and CE104, very similar examples to these pairs are shown on page 100, in "A World of Earrings" Skira, 2001.

Age: Early 20th Century.

Size: H 121 mm (including chains) x W 34 mm (knot).

Weight: 39 grams.