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Vintage Chinese Jade Foo Dog / Temple Lion Amulet
Vintage Chinese Jade Foo Dog / Temple Lion Amulet
Vintage Chinese Jade Foo Dog / Temple Lion Amulet
Vintage Chinese Jade Foo Dog / Temple Lion Amulet
Vintage Chinese Jade Foo Dog / Temple Lion Amulet

Vintage Chinese Jade Foo Dog / Temple Lion Amulet

Regular price $24.00 Sale

Chinese Jadeite Double Sided Amulet Each features auspicious designs, made of natural jadeite stone and has its own unique characteristics. Traditionally worn by Chinese hanging from belts, later as necklaces. Beautifully handcarved each item is a tiny masterpiece. We love them grouped together in a bowl as a decor accent piece. Adds authenticity and makes a wonderful addition to your Chinoiserie Collection.

Can be used as a decor accent piece or jewlry, strung and worn as a pendant, 30" length of ivory waxed cotton jewelery cord included.

Chinese guardian lions, or imperial guardian lions, are a traditional Chinese architectural ornament. Typically made of stone, they are also known as stone lions or shishi. They are known in colloquial English as lion dogs or foo dogs / fu dogs.

DIMENSIONS: 2.5" DIA x .25" D

MATERIAL: Jadeite

ORIGIN: China

CIRCA: Unknown

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.”