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Jade and amethyst mandarin necklace Chao Zhu

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Jewelry: Pre 1970: Item # 1249573

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Mandarin Court necklace, chao zhu, the 108 pale green color jade beads divided into four groups by larger translucent purple nature amethyst bead, the three red agate strands of beads, and the back strap with flat amethyst counter weight, the necklace is come with a original fitted box. Center piece has been repaired. 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.