Antique Chinese Qing Dynasty chased silver gourd bottle ornament pdvs621

Antique Chinese Qing Dynastysilver gourd bottle ornament pdvs621


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Antique Qing dynasty chased silver gourd pendant. Bottle stopper screws open. A carnelian bead hangs from the bottom of the amulet. The gourd is 1-1/8" long not counting the bottle stopper stem. The amulet hangs from silver chain with a ring at the top. Total length 4-1/2" from top of hook. The components of this pendant would have been parts of larger ritual or ceremonial pieces during the dynasty period.

The bottle gourd represents longevity and healing. These would often have held medicines

This is an antique piece from the dynasty that fell in 1911. In the 1970s to the mid 1980s, Chinese workers added beads, cords and chains to these Qing Dynasty artifacts. For the most part the beads and knots attached to this amulet were added during this period. This piece came from the estate of a dealer who acquired many of these artifacts. They have become increasingly rare and today, some reproductions of much poorer quality are being produced.

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