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Single-prong hairpin in the form of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly

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At A Glance

  • Period

    Late 19th - early 20th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Kingfisher feather, metal, silk, glass, and paper
  • Dimension

    H x W x D (overall): 19 x 14.5 x 1.8 cm (7 1/2 x 5 11/16 x 11/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Single-prong kingfisher-feather hairpin (zan 簪) in the shape of a caterpillar morphing into a butterfly.
  • Provenance

    To 1997
    Paul Singer (1904-1997), Summit, New Jersey [1]
    From 1997
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, bequeathed by Paul Singer [2]
    [1] The collection of Chinese art and antiquities assembled by Paul Singer over time was purchased by him on behalf of Dr. Arthur M. Sackler, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, the AMS Foundation for the Arts, Sciences and Humanities, and later transferred to the children of Dr. Arthur M. Sackler.
    [2] Upon Paul Singer’s death in January 1997, his collection was transferred to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery by order of the Executors of the Estate under a loan agreement signed on February 1997. Shortly thereafter, the Sackler Gallery was vested with full ownership and title to the collection in full agreement by the Sackler Foundations and Sackler family members. In 2011 the object was accessioned to the Sackler Gallery collection.
  • Collection

    Arthur M. Sackler Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Family Matters: Portraits from the Qing Court (June 11, 2011 to January 16, 2012)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Dr. Paul Singer (1904-1997)
    Arthur M. Sackler Foundation (founded 1965)
    AMS Foundation for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities (founded 1981)
    Dr. Carol Master (born 1941)
    Dr. Elizabeth A. Sackler (born 1948)
    Arthur F. Sackler (born 1950)
    Denise Marika (born 1955)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    The Dr. Paul Singer Collection of Chinese Art of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; a joint gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, Paul Singer, the AMS Foundation for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities, and the Children of Arthur M. Sackler
  • Type

    Jewelry and Ornament
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