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Head of a hairpin: O.225-1946

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Hair ornament in gold filigree work. It has the shape of a phoenix, which is standing on a cloud with extended tail feathers and with a raised head. The body and head of the phoenix are of thick plaited gold wires soldered together like feathers. The crest is in the form of a flower shaped receptacle for a gold bead. The phoenix is holding a bead in its beak.
Beneath the cloud is a hole for fixing the bird to a head dress


History note: Bought from Bluett, 1926

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Oscar Raphael Bequest 1941, received 1946

Measurements and weight

Height: 3.8 cm
Width: 4.2 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: O.225-1946
Primary reference Number: 179504
Oscar Raphael number: 25
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 6 May 2022 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

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

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