Crazy God of WEALTH Ji Gong (济公)
Composed of a central hand carved deer horn pendant figure of Ji Gong surrounded by a gold gilt embossed frame from which dangle 3 drops of vintage carved bovine bone, black painted gilded wood and a vintage art deco bohemian gold opalescent foil glass bead all hung from a gilt ball chain. Connecting the pendant to the vintage grosgrain ribbon is an ornate gilt embossed chain with 4 faceted jet beads, 4 art deco bohemian gold opalescent foil glass beads and two 1.25 inch pieces of horn hand carved with the image of Buddha. The grosgrain ribbon has seen better days and needs to be replaced if you would like to wear it.
According to Chinese Taoist legend having an image of Ji Gong at home, and/or wearing his image as a pendant is a sure way to continuously tap into his blessings of wealth.
Ji Gong is known as the ‘Legendary Monk with a Magical Fan’. This is because he is usually portrayed as having a fan and sometimes, a bottle of wine. He would often approach beggars and other poor families on the streets. He would listen to them, crack a joke, then murmur a prayer, after which he fanned them a little. Soon after these incidents the recipient of his kindness would miraculously come into good fortune. He earned a reputation for being a Buddhist magician, which, in turn earned him the title Ji Gong Huoto, which means the Living Buddha Ji Gong. Ji is derived from his Buddhist name Dao Ji, Gong, is a respect for a powerful elderly, and Huoto literally means living Buddha. Right after his death, Taoists immediately adopted him as their deity, and it is said that he continuously manifests his compassionate and magical powers to every one who keeps his image.
I have not tampered with this unusual piece as I think a collector would prefer it the way I found it. If you like, I can replace the ribbon and remove the slight verdigris for you, just ask.
Condition: Gold opalescent foil glass bead is slightly chipped at the top. Jet beads have flea bites. Grosgrain ribbon needs to be replaced.
There is slight verdigris on one part of the metal connector for one jet bead (I can remove this is you would like). Gilt is in very good condition. Convo me for additional photos, if desired.
2" x 1 3/4" Ji Gong pendant figure
Dangle is ~2"
Mad Monk God Buddha Fan
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