A bold vintage carved lapis sea dragon* double sided pendant with a 14k bail and chain.
The stone is a rich blue with gray matrix, there is not much visible pyrite.
The large pendant was hand carved on both sides, the front is the head and most of the body while the back has the flared tail and rest of the body.
The curls at the bottom on both sides depict the water.
It is very well carved with great attention to detail, I love the way the tail curves into the water and comes out the front as the dragon emerges from the sea.
Most likely Chinese in origin where the mythical sea dragon is part of the culture and mythology.
The 14k gold bail is riveted through the drilled stone, the pendant hangs from a 30.5" 14k gold rope chain.
The pendant measures 2.25" by 1&3/8" and is about .5" thick.
The pendant weighs 38.5 grams, the chain weighs 6.5 grams.
Excellent condition, no damage and minimal wear.
Marked 14k and 585 on the bail, the chain is also marked 14k.
A wonderful carved stone pendant and 14k yellow gold chain.
*The Chinese dragon is a creature in Chinese mythology that also appears in other Asian cultures, and is sometimes called the Oriental (or Eastern) dragon. Depicted as a long, snake-like creature with four claws (or five for the imperial dragon), it has long been a potent symbol of auspicious power in Chinese folklore and art.
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