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The pendants of this necklace are called Yu Le Li and they are believed to be a cousin of the bracelet!

Many many years ago, Yu Le Li was a jade cylindrical tube used in the ritual ceremony for demon cleansing.  As times goes by it was developed into the form of the bracelet and also as a waist pendant.  The small pendant form is now used in this necklace.

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The beautiful jade pendant has the theme of a carp swimming among the lotus, this theme is popular in Chinese painting.  It is true that muddy lotus pool offer an ideal habitat for the carp fish and that it makes an interesting composition, the reason for this established theme lays in another reason.  Like most Chinese decoration, it is an idea of blessing; the words lotus 蓮 (lian) and carp 鯉 (li) shares the same pronouncation with the words joined 連 (lian) and branches 理 (li).  連理 refers to two individual trees having their branches joined together (inosculation), a marriage, becoming one.   A blessing for the marriage, an ideal X’mas present for the wife.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADIA100mm, China

 The pendent for this necklace is a jade head piece.

The idea of a headpiece comb developed very early in China; the word “beauty” 美 came from a goat 羊 hat over a dancing man 大 (a man 人 with his hands extended).  The concept of head gear developed into a social etiquette,  a complete system was formed for ranking of officials, classes and for different occasions.  When a young noble male reaches the age of 20,  there will be a crowning ceremony, signifying the change from a boy to a man.

Some head pieces are secured on the hair bundle rather than as worn as a hat and this pendant is one of them.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADIA130mm, China

Before looking into the subject, I have always thought that 琉璃 “liu li” is only a posher name for glass 玻璃 “bo li”.  Unlike the ordinary glass “liu li” is a precious material, one of the 7 treasures of musaragalva, agate, liu li, amber, pearl and musk.

“liu li” is in fact a totally different material and is produced with an entirely different technique.  The technique of “liu li” production has been used in China for over 2000 years, it is believed to be an accidental discovery during early lead making.  In the process of making oxidized lead, a glaze like substance is found to be attached to the clay kiln, a further firing of the glaze with quartz became the early formula of liu li.  Unlike glass, “liu li” is opaque and formed by a laborious task of casting and sanding.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADIA140mm, China

A combination of 3 different set of jade beads.

The inside chiain most transparant,
the middle of the form of a gourd,
the outer, the darkest and the most soild in form.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADIA65mm, China

A matching three fish bracelet to go with the three fish necklace featured in yesterday’s blog.

The bracelet is adjustable with the sliding knot.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADIA130mm, China

For the Something Old Something New Collectible Jewellery is the necklace of the three fish, the dushan jade fish are hang on a hand woven Chinese knots necklace.

Three fish are seen as a sign of blessing, in the East Han dyansty, when bribery was a common affair, there was a just  officer named Yang Zhen.  Yang was in charged of the appointment of government official, unlike the others before him, he would only appoint those who has the ability and reject those who tried to bribe him.  One day, when Yang was at a low point in his life, he saw three fish jumping out of pond.  He feels that the gods has understood him and blessed him with the three fish and soon after he was promoted to be one of the three top officials.  The three fish became a symbol for the three top officials under only the emperor himself, in today’s terms they are the prime minister, the secretary of home affairs and the secretary of defense.

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DIA190mm, China

  This textured cream colour beads are not ivory or bones but musaragalva, made from the giant clams (tridacna gigas).  Clams that can grow to over a meter in width!  Though not a popular material, musaragalva is one of the seven treasures of Buddhism; musaragalva, agate, crystal, amber, pearl and musk.  These seven precious items differs in the ancient scripts but musargalva seems to be always part of the group.  In the Qing dynasty, they are used in the hat knob of the court officials costume, an identification of the ranking.  Musaragalva would have been used for the 6th ranking officials.

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L170xW90xH170mm, China

Lions, perhaps not being a native animal in China, were considered as mythical creatures, protector and even made to be carriage of Bodhisattva Manjusri.

Chinese lions are often portrayed playing the xiu qiu, symbolizing harmony and joy.
However, does lion really enjoy playing balls like a cat …