Blue Peony with Cloisonne Butterfly Buyao Hairstick 蓝牡丹景泰蓝蝴蝶步摇

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Materials: brass, acrylic peony, opal, jade, cloisonne butterfly,glass, shell pearls

Hairstick length: Approx 13.5cm Dangle length: Approx 11 cm

Tinkly if you like the sound.Love the cloisonné butterfly.

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Purple Lotus and Morning Glory Buyao Hairstick 紫色莲和喇叭花步摇

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Deep in the Courtyard Gardens/庭院深深深几许

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Materials: brass, crystal, jade, cloisonne butterfly, glass teardrops

Metal hair stick length: Approx 18.5cm Dangle length: Approx 14.5cm

Inspired by my fav Ouyang Xiu poem 《蝶恋花·庭院深深深几许》 (Song dynasty) about a wife who waits in vain for her philandering husband’s return while trapped within her home.

庭院深深深几许,
杨柳堆烟,帘幕无重数。
玉勒雕鞍游冶处,楼高不见章台路。
雨横风狂三月暮,
门掩黄昏,无计留春住。
泪眼问花花不语,乱红飞过秋千去。

I can’t seem to find a good English translation of this online so I may take a stab at translating it myself if I find the time and the mood.

The exquisite golden birdcage has a teeny bird in it representing the confined and lonely life of the lady in the poem who bemoans her faded youth and straying husband. The butterfly is cloisonne and the green glass teardrops represent the willows of the garden while the clear crystal teardrop represents her tears as she tearfully asks the flowers for answers.

Pipa Song Buyao/琵琶行步摇

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Materials: carved shell hairstick, acrylic peony, jade, shell pearl, crystals, fluorite,Xiuyan jade pipa

Hairstick: 13cm Dangle: 10cm

Inspired by Bai Juyi’s famous poem 《琵琶行》. The glow-in-the-dark fluorite bead represents the autumn moon in the poem.The jade pipa is attached to large and small pearls as well as jade beads symbolizing the famous lines ” 大珠小珠落玉盤” (Large and small pearls fall on a jade plate)