Two nail covers in openworked and sculpted silver, with phoenix decoration.
The nail covers worn by the concubine of the harem in the Qing dynasty were used to protect the nail; they can also be used as weapons or decorative pieces. They are very long and contain poisons.
Most are in gold and silver; their hardness and sharpness are unimaginable. It is easy to cut the skin and let medicine enter in order to be able to protect oneself in case of danger.
A photo is attached of the Dowager Empress Cixi wearing nail covers.
- Nail covers
- Carved, openwork
- Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)
- Region/ Country of origin
- Theme/ depiction
- Very good condition, see description
- 0×8.5×8.4 cm