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Pendant in the shape of a pair of vases
Place of Origin: China
Date: 1800s
Historical Period: Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Materials: Nephrite
Dimensions: H. 2 1/2 in x W. 2 1/4 in x D. 1/4 in, H. 6.3 cm x W. 5.7 cm x D. 0.6 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: Chinese Art
Collection: Jade And Stones
Object Number: B60J251
On Display: No

Description

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These two vases are finely carved from grayish jade. Well hollowed, perhaps to contain fragrance, they rest on oval ring feet, also deeply worked. The separate lids are ornamented with a twisted rope design. The vases, with their lids, are strung together with a yellow silk cord, indicating that they were once worn in the palace. A heroic looking eagle stands triumphantly between the vases, with wings spread wide and resting on the head of a bear.

In China, eagle is a pun for ying, and bear is homophonous with the word for xiong. Together, they form the word yingxiong, meaning "hero." Such ornaments were hung from the waist during the Qing dynasty (1644–1911).


More Information

Exhibition History: Later Chinese Jades: Ming Dynasty to Early Twentieth Century (Tateuchi Gallery, 11/10/2007 - 8/2008)
"The Resplendent Stone: Chinese Jades from the 18th-20th Centuries," SFO International Terminal, December 12, 2009 - June 6, 2010
Label:

These two vases are finely carved from grayish jade. Well hollowed, perhaps to contain fragrance, they rest on oval ring feet, also deeply worked. The separate lids are ornamented with a twisted rope design. The vases, with their lids, are strung together with a yellow silk cord, indicating that they were once worn in the palace. A heroic looking eagle stands triumphantly between the vases, with wings spread wide and resting on the head of a bear.

In China, eagle is a pun for ying, and bear is homophonous with the word for xiong. Together, they form the word yingxiong, meaning "hero." Such ornaments were hung from the waist during the Qing dynasty (1644–1911).


Exhibition History: Later Chinese Jades: Ming Dynasty to Early Twentieth Century (Tateuchi Gallery, 11/10/2007 - 8/2008)
"The Resplendent Stone: Chinese Jades from the 18th-20th Centuries," SFO International Terminal, December 12, 2009 - June 6, 2010