AUD $280.00

Chinese, Dangly Silver Earrings.


Old Chinese silver earrhooksare basically a large "s" shaped hook with a decorative finial, a secondary unit is then slid onto the hook, hanging and moving independently. 

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

In this case the rectangular finial has two raised silver flowers and numerous "s" chain dangles picked out with cut out butterflies ending in tiny cut out silver tips.

Threaded onto the earhook and hanging beneath these flowers is a hollow silver “gourd” or “melon” that still has some “deep tealy blue” matte enamel on most of its surface.

From this gourd dangle 5 "s" chains, these have both plain "cut out" and filigree butterflies and a row of 5 varied red corals (one only has 3) these ending in small plain silver or filigree leaves, This chain construction allows seperate finer movement.

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, CE101, 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 134 mm (including chains) x W 20 mm (gourd).

Weight: 40 grams.