Pair of ear ornaments

This pair of scroll-shaped earrings represent a fraction of the wide repertoire of silver jewellery made, worn and exchanged by highland communities in northern Thailand. This type is worn particularly by the Lahu women.The Lahu is an ethnic minority group who migrated into Northern Thailand from China and Burma during the 18th and 19th centuries. For many highland communities, silver was valued more highly than gold. Silver jewellery was a way of investing a family’s wealth to be passed down as heirlooms. It was also believed to have protective properties. Today, where security maybe a problem, silver is kept locked away while aluminium is used as a substitute.

Early 20th century
Northern Thailand
Object size: 001: H3.8 x W2.4 cm; 002: H3.8 x W2.4 cm
Accession No.
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum