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Pair of White Glass Bracelets with Overlays of Longevity Characters in Red Glass

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Period: Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Medium: Glass
Dimensions: Diameter: 6.7 cm

This pair of bracelets is made of translucent white glass decorated with red glass overlays. Each bracelet features twelve longevity characters (shou) in an alternating pattern of elongated characters and roundels. Empress Dowager Cixi loved personal accessories made of glass. To celebrate her sixtieth birthday, she personally released a decree for the production of glass bracelets. 

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