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    Vietnamese Double-sided Silver & Jade Comb

    Southern Vietnam
    early 20th century

    length: 7.1cm, width: 10.3cm, weight: 43g

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    This silver comb is comprised entirely of silver other than for a round jade cabochon secured in a box setting to the front of the comb. Such combs were worn by well-to-do women in southern Vietnam.

    The comb is chased on both sides with a dragon and a phoenix. On the reverse, the phoenix and dragon are separated by a long-life motif.

    The use of the dragon and phoenix imagery on the comb suggests that it was used in association with marriage – perhaps it was a marriage gift.

    A similar example is illustrated in Richter (2000, p. 132).

    The example here is in excellent condition.


    Richter, A., The Jewelry of Southeast Asia, Thames & Hudson, 2000.

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