Hair comb featuring a profile dragon on a wave

American
about 1910


Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 11.5 x 4 x 0.7 cm (4 1/2 x 1 9/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

2007.638

Medium or Technique

Gold, emerald, ruby, pearl, and horn

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Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Hair ornaments

This ornament is composed of a hair comb It is surmounted by an ornamental gold dragon on a stylized wave. There is a small, faceted, bezel-set emerald on the dragon’s wing and a small bezel-set, cabochon ruby set in the eye. A pearl highlights the beast’s open mouth. The tip of the middle tooth is broken. The ornament is unmarked but resembles similar pieces made by Krementz & Co., Newark.

Provenance

Purchased by the donors in the 1970s; Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Sataloff to the MFA, September 19, 2007

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Sataloff