Vintage Chinese Jade Temple Lion Paper Weight. Each one made of natural jade stone has its own unique and beautiful characteristics. Beautifully handcarved each item is a masterpiece. Wonderful as a gift or an excellent addition to your Chinoise Collection. An auspicious Buddhist symbols considered to be symbols of good luck, peace and longevity. Can be used as a decor accent piece or jewelry, strung and worn as a pendant.
DIMENSIONS: 2.5" DIA x .25" D
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.”
HISTORY & FACTS: Guardian lions or Foo Dogs, also known as komainu, shishi, or foo dogs, are intimidating, mythical, lion-like creatures seen across a breath of art forms, ranging from architecture to tattoos. As they symbolize prosperity, success, and guardianship, they're full of meaning—which has made them popular in Western art too.
In China, you can find fu dogs famously located in the Forbidden City. These mythical animals symbolize good luck, safety, and protection for the inhabitants of the spaces they defend.
An auspicious Buddhist symbols considered to be symbols of good luck, peace and longevity.