Antique Chinese Qing Dynasty enameled shrine pendant necklace with turquoise beads. nlor835

Chinese Qing Dynasty enameled shrine pendant turquoise bead necklace


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Antique Chinese enameled traveling shrine  with enameled Foo Lion pendant  and turquoise necklace.  The Foo Lion sits atop the shrine.  Necklace is  composed of 6mm vintage Chinese Hubei turquoise beads with old carved turquoise Shou beads and vintage yellow Bohemian glass.  The turquoise is old, undyed and untreated and en masse has a wonderful gradient of greens and turquoise.  Sterling Vermeil box clasp.  Pendant is 2 1/4 inches and necklace circumference is 30 inches.    Necklace is newly assembled from antique and vintage components.

The shrine has 1 side that looks to be removeable, but it appears to be secured with wax.  There is most likely a figure such as a Buddha inside the shrine but i have not removed the wax seal.  I leave that to the necklaces new owner.

"In the Qing Dynasty, a man going on a trip often hung a miniature shrine from his sash for protection.  A shrine decorated a man's everyday attire as well, but its importance increased on a long journey.....A miniature lion often posed protectively atop a shrine, safeguarding both the tiny temple and its owner".   Margaret Duda, Four Centuries of Silver.

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