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An unusual hair pin made as a lion’s head with a “ruby” in its mouth

CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear

SIZE: 5 ins h x 1½ ins w (13 x 4 cm)

APPROXIMATE DATE: mid 20th century

MATERIALS: metal, glass stones

DESCRIPTION:

This unusual two pronged hair comb or hair pin has a decorative in the form of a figural lion.

The lion is nicely done with a lot of character. The gold tone modelling shows his mane and black “jet” rhinestones make piercing eyes. He has a large simulated ruby in his mouth.

This comb dates from the mid century but is in an established tradition of ornaments in which a figural lion is shown with a large “jewel” grasped in its jaws. Lion faced statues, often depicted grasping a jewel in their mouth, are traditional in Japanese art and were believed to have the power to repel evil spirits. The tradition was again taken up in the early 20th century when we find lion head bandeaux and tiaras, made in the fashionable “oriental” style.


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ITEM ID
DUP18-08-059
ITEM SIZE
1¼ ins h x 3¼ ins w (3 x 8.5 cm)
ITEM TYPE
Vintage
COLOR
Gold

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Unusual hair comb or pin figural lion's head hair accessory

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