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Jade Butterfly 18th-19th Century

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Jade Butterfly   18th-19th Century
Beautifully carved butterfly of partially transparent, gem-quality Nephrite (actinolite). This would have been worn by an aristocratic woman or imperial concubine and sewn onto her clothing. Fine detail on the body and wings. The butterfly is a very auspicious motif symbolizing happiness and longevity. Period: Qing Dynasty, 18th-19th century Dimensions: Length 4cm Width 6cm *Acquired from a prominent Jade collector

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