A PERFECT PAIR
A pair represents identical or similar things that are matched for use together, reflecting the belief that good things always come in twos. For the Chinese, pairs of jewellery satisfy a cultural desire for balance and harmony. Lots 2188 and 2189, is a very special pair of jadeite hoops, one carved for the gentleman, and the other carved for the lady. Shaped from the same stone, both pieces inherently complement one another, making the pair complete. The double hoops show a vivid emerald green, the imperial jade colour most coveted by the connoisseur. They also display excellent translucency and brightness, characteristics rarely found in stones with such desired thickness. The superb quality of these hoops is further represented by their forms: flattened discs with holes in the centre, referred to as bi. In ancient Chinese cosmology, the bi mirrored the rounded arch of the sky across which the sun moved and the stars revolved. This outline also recalled the ancient Chinese pictograph for the sun, a circle with a dot within. The circle thus symbolised ultimate completeness and wholeness. Ownership of these jade pendant discs would define a taste not only for the ideal and pure, but for the highest perfection.