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Pair of scissors: O.229-1946

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Pair of beaten silver alloy shears. The handle is a wire spring shaped and the cutters are slightly convex on one side, and flat on the other. Each of the flat sides is decorated with a flying bird and a palmette scroll, and each of the convex sides with confronted palmettes. The pattern is bounded by a narrow plain border and chased on a ground of regular ring matting.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

Oscar C. Raphael Bequest, 1941, received in 1946

Measurements and weight

Length: 14.9 cm
Width: 2.8 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1941) by Raphael, Oscar C.


T’ang Dynasty (618-906)
Circa 618 CE - 906 CE

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Materials used in production

Silver alloy

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: O.229-1946
Primary reference Number: 138331
Oscar Raphael number: 64
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 11 March 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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