Chinese Hongshan Culture Jade Amulet feature auspicious design. Made of natural jade this handcarved stone has unique and beautiful characteristics. Wonderful as a gift or an excellent addition to your Chinoiserie Collection. Can be used as a decor accent piece or jewelry, strung and worn as a pendant. 18th Century, comes in protective blue velvet jewelry pouch.
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DIMENSIONS: 5.5" H x 3.75 W x .25" D
MATERIAL: Carved Jade
HISTORY & FACTS: Chinese Amulets are often given as gifts, symbols of good wishes.
During the Warring States period, Qin and Han Dynasties, Yuhuang (narrow arc) and Yubi (flat round jade with holes in the center) were connected with silk threads to form a group of miscellaneous pendants, which were used to highlight the magnificence and majesty of the wearer.
After the Wei and Jin Dynasties: men often wear simple jade pendants, while women wear miscellaneous pendants for a long time, usually tied on their belts.
Qing Dynasty: jade pendant can also be used as a necklace.
Chinese love of jade by comparing its qualities to the virtues of a gentleman, “esteemed by all under the Sun.” Xu Shen, an ancient Han scholar, listed the five virtues of jade as “charity, rectitude, wisdom, courage, and equity.”