Circular hairpin

This circular hairpin is inset with a rough cut diamond, known as an intan. It is one of a pair. Compared to other more decorated examples, this hairpins is relatively simple and would have likely been worn in a cluster with other simple pins. Hairpins like this would have been made for Peranakan women in the Straits Settlements to be worn as part of a wedding headdress. A Peranakan bride would tie her hair into a bun or sanggul and individual hairpins would have been stuck in to create a headdress.

Date/Period
early 20th century
Region
Singapore
Dimension
Object size: 1.0 x 8.0 x 1.4 cm
Accession No.
2016-00807
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Winson Tan in memory of the late Edward Tan TL
Category
Gold

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