Antique Chinese Qing dynasty hollow coin silver repoussé amulet of crouching monkey eating fish. pdvs670

Chinese Qing dynasty coin silver amulet crouching monkey eating fish


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Antique Qing dynasty hollow repoussé coin-silver amulet of a crouching monkey eating a fish.  He has a hat that swivels in place. Same design on both sides. Hangs from a chatelaine hook with a bat and has a carnelian bead hanging from the bottom.  This type of ornament would have been part of a larger ritual or ceremonial piece during the dynasty period. Total length from top of hook to silver dangle at the bottom is 5 inches

The monkey symbolizes cleverness in Chinese culture. The monkey is the ninth of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac

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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