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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAW20xD10xL50mm, China

 A pendant carving of the Buddha’s hand fruit (Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis).  The shape of this finger like citrus fruit resemble the Buddha’s mundra and often used as an offering in the Buddhist temple, its also a symbol of happiness, longevity and fortune.

The natural sculptural shape of the Buddha’s hand fruit also made it a popular carving subject.

The fruit also gives a slight citrus aroma, when placed in a room its fragrance will refresh the entire space.

fuW45xH50mm, China

A pendant of the word “Fu” – good fortune.

The Buddhists believe that good fortune is under one’s control.  For a person at lost, good fortune is far from one’s life, there is only suffering.  These sufferings comes from  ignorance, attachment, and aversion; to get rid of suffering, one would need to eliminate desire and greed, by doing so one will be arrived to good fortune.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADia130mm, China

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.

Ceremonial Gong

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADIA130mm, China

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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jade hair piece

DIA165mm, China

 The pendent for this necklace is a jade head piece.

The idea of a head gear 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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pony

DIA165mm, China

This neckware is made up of two ponys old silver pendants.  These pendants have little bells attached attached at the bottom, similar to the previous Bell Necklace these were used as a child monitor.  The colourful band of the necklace has been put together by hand.

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W40xL60x10mm, China

This pendant is made from a piece of broken ceramic, from the shape of the piece it is likely to be of a medium size jar or a vase.  The figure on the piece is part of the a war story, these figures or themes are known as Knife-Horse-People which is a popular theme in the Qing dynasty.  See here for the clay version of Knife-Horse-People.

Though completely different, this ring seems like part of the portrait jewellery collection.