This Miao piece is clearly used, but not an antique. However, it is completely in tune with the typical traditional Miao aesthetic in its superior, inventive design. In a very practical way, the ornament closes at the front. Both the pointed cones and the two linked S-shaped components are archetypal in Miao culture. The point of a cone is always intended to be amuletic: it frightens evil spirits that seek to attack the wearer. At the same time the well-proportioned shape of the cones is meant to be aesthetically pleasing. The overall design is excellent in a way that is typical of the culture, and that continues to look quite modern to Westerners.