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Silver Qing Necklace with Auspicious Symbols

Silver Qing Necklace with Auspicious Symbols


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Jewelry: Pre 1900: Item # 1240251

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 $240.00 
A 19th century silver charm necklace from China’s late Qing Dynasty has four auspicious symbols hanging on short chains from a crest-shaped pendant of Buddhist iconography. At the center of the crest are crossed rhinoceros horns, symbol of happiness and one of the Chinese eight treasures. At the tip of each horn is a small sauvastika, derived from ancient Sanskrit and meaning “so be it.” (The sauvastika has its crampons directed to the left, unlike the notorious 20th century swastika symbol, also a Sanskrit form, which had its crampons directed toward the right.) The dangling charms represent a peach, symbol of spring; a bursting pomegranate, symbol of abundance; a frog, symbol of wealth, and an orange, a traditional Chinese New Year wish for happiness and prosperity. With its chains and charms, this piece of jewelry moves with the wearer to emit a soft bell-like sound. The long chain measures 30” (79 cm) and slips easily over the head. The crest, including charms, measures 3 ½” (9 cm) in length and 1 ¾” (7 cm) in width.