The filigree hairpin heads comprise lotuses with buds, leaves and pods, having inlays of pearls and gems, beading edges and ribbed veins. In addition to the vegetative motifs, there is a sheng (mouth organ) with a beetle-like insect next to it. All the components are attached to gold wires and bundled together. The Lian (lotus) and Sheng form a pun for “consecutive promotions”. The beetle is a symbol for riches. The design, therefore, bequeaths a promising and lucrative career as an official.