This is a turquoise carving depicting the Turquoise Pond of Xi-Wangmu, “The Queen Mother of the West.” She is depicted as a grandmother figure as a way to honor female ancestors. Xi-Wangmu is one of the oldest Chinese deities. She controls life and death, health and sickness and determines the life span of all living creatures. People would make offerings for a long life at the turquoise pond.
This item was bought in China in the 1980s.
Measurement: 3.75in. x 4.25in x 1.25in.
Weight: 288 grams = 1440 carats
Age: 150-500 years
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Turquoise Pond of Xi-Wangmu - Turquoise Carving