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A VERY RARE PAIR OF CARVED JADEITE EAR-PENDANTS
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A VERY RARE PAIR OF CARVED JADEITE EAR-PENDANTS

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A VERY RARE PAIR OF CARVED JADEITE EAR-PENDANTS
PENDANTS, QING DYNASTY

The highly translucent material of bright emerald green with areas of paler green, very well carved and pierced with finger citron and persimmons, surmounted by a bat on one side and a musical chime on the other, representing the rebus shi shi qing fu, or happiness in all matters, suspended from a freely rotating ring to a detachable gold earhook

Pendants 27.20 x 17.60 x 10.80 and 27.10 x 17.70 x 11.40 mm.
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The shape and carving of these pendants suggest that they were originally used as terminal pendants for court rosaries. Cf. a pair of ringed pendants on a rosary in the National Palace Museum, Taibei, illustrated in Catalogue of the Exhibition of Ch'ing Dynasty Costume Accessories, p. 140, pl. 68.
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