Thursday, 24 April 2008

Chinese gallery at the British Museum

The thing that interested me most in the Chinese gallery was the jewellery. I liked the golden hair ornaments of flowers that were so fine they would have trembled as the wearer moved. I also liked the fingernail protector shown in the photo. It was a status symbol to grow the fingernail of your little finger and these filigree protectors were placed over the nail to stop it breaking. I liked its lace-like quality and its bizarre function.

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