Between the 17th to 19th Centuries, Chinese merchants from the Galleon Trade reached Philippine shores. Mesmerized by the Philippines, they would slowly start to become immigrants, providing a new facet to the ever-changing cultural atmosphere of the Philippines. To these Chinese merchants, the fish symbolized wealth and prosperity, which indicates a possible Chinese influence in this piece.
This payneta, an ornamental comb used under a mantilla (veil), originated from Ilocos and is dated between the 17th and 19th Centuries. The fish motif amidst the repoussé technique carved out of 14k Gold, speaks for the outstanding hands that crafted it. It is noted that this piece might have been commissioned by a Chinese Mestizo or made and designed by an artisan of Chinese descent.
- 14k Gold Payneta
- Payneta Artifact from the Philippines
- One of a kind
- Length of gold lacework: 3.5 in
- Center height of gold lacework: 1 in
- Height of comb including the tortoiseshell comb: 1.8 in
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