Antique Chinese Qing dynasty hollow silver 3-legged toad amulet with longevity symbol and turquoise bead. pdvs634

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Qing dynasty hollow silver amulet with two 3 legged toads and a longevity symbol disk. Front and back of ornament are the same.  A large turquoise and small coral bead dangles from the amulet.  Suspended on cord with bone bead and pang knot.  Length from top of knot is 3.75". The components of this pendant would have been parts of larger ritual or ceremonial pieces during the dynasty period.  A rare hard to find piece from a dealer's estate purchased in China in the 1970's.

Since a toad can live for thirty or forty years, the 3-legged toad represents longevity and also wealth.

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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