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Period: Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Dimensions: Pendant dimensions: 5.5 cm × 2.5 cm × 10.0 cm

In the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), jade pendants were customarily used to accessorize the buttons on the front of garments. The jade used in this pendant varies with shades of green. In order to achieve the effect, the craftsman utilized the natural gradation of color in the semi-precious stone (using a technique called qiaose). The part with a lighter shade of green was fashioned into a lotus leaf while the darker part was used to realize the fish. This combination of color in a single piece of jade allowed the artisan to imbue a vivid image into the stone. The pendant is further decorated with coral and seed pearls.

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