sold to England
A Mandarin’s Court necklace, chao zhu, the 108 Imperial yellow glass beads divided into four groups by larger green beads imitating jadeite, the three Jinian strands of green glass imitating jade , and the back strap with further glass beads or jadeite flat plaque.
The court necklace was worn by Qing dynasty officials at court, and draws its inspiration from the Buddhist mala prayer beads. Chao zhu are normally formed of 108 matching beads divided in four sections of 27 beads separated by three larger beads called jiezhu, and one other larger bead of gourd-shape also called the “Buddha’s head” bead, which hangs on the back of the garment.
The length of the necklace is 49 inches.