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Hairpin used in boy’s tonsuring ceremony

Photo: Elizabeth Mann

Hairpin used in boy’s tonsuring ceremony

ca. 1700-1900

Gold-covered pins like this one were used to hold the topknot worn by boys at the Thai court during their tonsuring, an elaborate hair-cutting ceremony performed just before puberty.
Wood and wax or resin covered in sheet gold, enamel, and glass
L.: 5 5/16 in.
Diam.: 7/8 in.
Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection
Photo: Elizabeth Mann
Now on view at the Asian Art Museum

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