Antique Chinese Qing Dynasty hollow coin silver amulet 3 legged toads and bats coral turquoise beads. Pdvs626x

Chinese Qing Dynasty amulet 3-legged toad bats semi-precious stones


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Antique Qing dynasty hollow repousse coin-silver ornamental amulet with two criss-cross 3-legged toads that have a swastika on their heads.  Below the toads are two upside down bats. suspended on a silk cord with Pang knot and carnelian bead. Turquoise and coral beads hang from the bottom of the ornament. This type of ornament would have been part of a larger ritual or ceremonial piece during the dynasty period. Ornaments and amulets from the Qing Dynasty were reassembled for export in the mid-1900's in China. Length from top of knot to bottom of turquoise bead is 3.5".

Since a toad can live for thirty or forty years, the 3-legged toad represents longevity and also wealth.  The bat symbolizes good fortune, blessings, happiness and prosperity. the swastika is a symbol of good fortune, prosperity, abundance and eternity.

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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