A traditional Spanish style “Payneta” from the Philippines in gilt filigree
CONDITION: the comb appears to be missing a tine from the right side but this is probably a feature of its ethnic manufacture.
SIZE: 6 ins h x 5 ins w (15 x 13 cms)
APPROXIMATE DATE: mid 20th century
A lovely vintage filigree hair comb made in its original gold-plated silver finish. It is a traditional hair piece called a "Payneta" from the Philippines. This is most likely from the 1950s to 60s. It is a Spanish influence and this ornament is sometimes paired with a veil or "mantilla". It is usually worn on special occasions like weddings or formal gatherings.
The comb has the traditional wedge shaped heading in fine lacy silvery gilt metal and the top of the heading is surmounted by a series of hollow filigree balls. Placed in the top centre is a floral motif. The main feature of the heading is the seven large oval cabochons of blue tinted mother of pearl which are placed at salient points. The is the largest and most elaborate Payneta I have ever seen and quite exceptional.
This lovely ornament is made by a technique called tamborin. In Spanish-colonial times, jewelry like crucifixes replaced the talismans worn by native Filipinos. To the converted Filipinos, it was not only a way to show their new Christian faith, but also to adorn themselves while still following austerity measures imposed by the Spanish regime.
Filipinos began wearing crucifixes and scapulars along with tamborin necklaces. The “tamborin” is a traditional Filipino necklace patterned after the rosary. The neckpiece itself followed the rosary bead pattern, but by the early 1900s, different styles and patterns came out. Even the relicario or reliquary that served as the pendant of the tamborin which originally had religious designs, started to feature nature-inspired themes like flowers or leaves. While most tamborins were made of gold, materials like silver and brass were also used.
In time other forms of jewelry such as earrings, brooches and hair combs came to be made in this tamborin style.
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