An image of Back ornament

Miao people

(China  – )

Back ornament

Other titles:
Large silver dress fastener hook with ornamentation, Ornament worn on the back
Location
Not on display
Further information

Silver jewellery, crafted by men, is an important element of Miao dress. Girls and women wear heavy silver bracelets, necklaces, earrings and crowns; silver plaques are stitched to their clothes. The Miao wear their clothes in multiple layers that indicate a family’s wealth. Poorer families cannot afford numerous layers of skirts and jackets, or extensive silver jewellery, even though each member of the community strives to have at least one elaborate outfit.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, September 2011

Place of origin
Kunming, Yunnan Province, China
Year
20th century
Media
Jewellery
Medium
silver
Dimensions
16.0 cm
Credit
Dee Court Fund 2008
Accession number
27.2008