Antique Chinese Qing dynasty hollow coin silver repoussé rat amulet with carnelian bead. Pdvs627

Chinese Qing dynasty hollow coin silver rat amulet with carnelian bead

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Antique Qing dynasty hollow repoussé coin-silver rat amulet. Same design front and back. A very handsome rat with a long tail. Hangs from carnelian bead and silver ring. 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 2.5" total length.

The rat symbolizes fertility, abundance and wealth because of its reproductive abilities.  It is also one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiak.

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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