AUD $380.00

Chinese, Long Coral Earrings.

A large pair of old Chinese silver earrhooks with an engraved scallopped top, at one end of a thick "S" shaped wire hook. At the lowest bend of this "S" hook hangs a seperate disc with an attached embossed auspicious flying bat  and from beneath both of the shapes are numerous "S" chain dangles picked out with small old red coral beads, then more chain ending in tiny cut out silver tips.


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

This chain construction allows seperate finer movement.

The hook is very long and pretty thick (about 2 mm, that’s 12 gauge) so obviously for a very experienced ear.
Often ones similar to this are worn as "temporals" suspended from a headdress rather than from the actual ear, and I suspect this pair too are "temporals". We may still have other smaller and more accesssible to the ear.

   

Age: Mid/Late 20th Century.

Size:  L 224 mm x W 42 mm, Wire hook 2mm (12 gauge)

Weight: 81 grams