Antique Chinese Qing dynasty hollow silver repoussé fish amulet with carnelian bead. pdvs632
Antique Chinese Qing dynasty silver repoussé fish amulet
Antique Chinese Qing dynasty hollow silver fish amulet in repoussé hollow coin silver. Suspended from a silver circular bail and carnelian bead. Fish is 1 3/8" long. Total length with charm is 1 3/4". This ornament may have been pinned to a hat or used as a charm that was part of a larger ritual or ceremonial piece. A rare hard to find piece from a dealer's estate purchased in China in the 1970's.
The fish symbolized abundance and 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.