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Jadeite Pendant of Buddha’s Hand

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Period: Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)
Medium: jadeite, tourmaline
Dimensions: length: 10 cm, pendant Length: 4.5 cm, pendant width: 3 cm

The pendant is made of an entire piece of superb jadeite. This exquisite pendant is distinguished by its emerald green color and a pink tourmaline bead. Buddha’s Hand --also called the finger citrus-- is perceived to be auspicious because it shares a proximate Chinese pronunciation with happiness. Peach, pomegranate and finger citrus are called the Three Abundances, meaning abundant happiness, longevity and offspring. 
  A pendant (pei) is an ornament that a man hung from his waist while a woman wore as a necklace. This one likely belonged to Qing dynasty imperial ladies including empresses and high-ranking concubines.

 

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