I found this antique Chinese gilt lock while traveling in China. The raised design on the front is two phoenix a flower and Chinese script - wealth. On the back - also a raised design - are two animals, some grapes and Chinese script - good fortune symbols wealth and long life. It has the original hook on top with blue Chinese Kingfisher feathers. The lock is in fabulous condition. The lock is 2" wide by 1 1/2" tall. This lock is unusual as most are silver.
The phoenix, a mythical bird, is the emblem of the Empress and of beauty. It only appears in time of peace and prosperity. It is believed that a following of smaller birds is always present when the phoenix is flying. It is symbolic of prosperity, rich harvests, and beauty. Together with the dragon it is symbolic of marriage – the dragon being the man and the phoenix representing the woman. A pair of phoenix is symbolic of happiness.
These silver lock pendants were worn as a talisman to ward off evil spirits and to keep good fortune close. The script and design on the locks are symbolic of good fortune – usually health and long life. The detail on the design was accomplished by hand hammering of the silver. Most are from the Q'ing Dynasty (1644-1911).
Item ID: CVC262RL
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