1267. Chinese Carved Wood Dragon Puzzle Ball with Turquoise, Vintage Calcified Jade, Vintage Turkestan Brass, and Carved Bone Necklace
Get Ready for summer. This is a necklace that has the sunnier climate written all over it.
In the middle of the necklace, a wonderfully carved, vintage, wood, Chinese puzzle ball takes centre stage (34 mm across). A dragon, winds its way across the outer ball, which then enclosed 2 other balls, amazingly carved from one piece of wood.
The dragon is a symbol of the Emperor, his power, influence and yet playfulness. But it is also an emblem of the universal source of energy, known as “chi”.
Flanking the wooden ball are discs of turquoise (28 mm). These discs have turquoise splashed onto the stone against a white part of the stone, which is all natural.
Beyond and between the discs, there are two carved bone beads (28mm x 26 mm).
These are followed by two stunning, handmade, vintage brass beads (23 mm x 27 mm) made in Turkestan.
Next, there are two vintage, partly calcified, nephrite jade beads that have been etched in a decorative design (20 mm). These celadon coloured beads have a calcification from the ageing process.
Two Chinese turquoise discs are 17mm.
And the final elements are two vintage, carved yak beads which are inlaid with brass, turquoise and coral. These beads, at 12 mm, were made in Tibet, used as prayer beads.
I have then knotted the turquoise silk/polyester cord with the traditional Chinese “flat knot” as well as the “button knot”. This is not only a classical Chinese technique, but it lightens the necklace and makes it quite comfortable to wear. It also sets off the design.
A vermeil toggle clasp has been added because toggle clasps are easy to use and secure. My silver name label is attached at the clasp.
The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
The necklace is 20 ½ inches long (52 cm).
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