Antique Chinese Qing Dynasty hollow coin silver amulet repousse toads and bats with coral turquoise beads. Pdvs665

Chinese Qing Dynasty amulet with toad bats turquoise coral


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Antique Qing dynasty hollow repousse coin-silver ornamental amulet with two criss-cross  toads  Below the toads are two bottom facing bats. The amulet is hollow construction and the repousse images are the same front and back. Suspended on a silk cord with Pang knot and wood  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. Amulet is 2 3/4 x 1 1/8 inches. Length from top of knot to bottom of turquoise bead is 4 inches.

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.

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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