This unique ethnic necklace is made with a carved bone netsuke, Fukurokuju, the god of Longevity (2”long by 1”). There are several other carved bone pieces - a ram and two turtles. I have beaded these wonderful carvings with vintage golden African singed amber from Ethiopia (25 mm by 20 mm wide)interspersing them with some interesting carved bone pieces and African tribal beads . The necklace is beaded on a black natural leather cord, is 24” around and is finished with a large 18k gold vermeil hook clasp.
This necklace is large, dramatic yet light weight. It is a one of a kind conversation starter.
One of the gods of good fortune. The God of longevity happiness and wealth, Fukurokuju or Shou-xing, often shown holding a peach and accompanied by the White Deer, symbolic of a long and healthy life. Legend has it that Shou-xing lives in a palace at the South Pole surrounded by a garden of aromatic herbs.
He is often displayed in the home to promote good health and long life to the occupants.
Those that are born in the year of the ram are believed to be affectionate, unselfish, sensitive, and artistic. The ram is symbolic of retired life.
The turtle or tortoise is sacred to China. It is symbolic of longevity, strength, endurance and steadfastness. It is believed to keep hidden from view the secrets of heaven. It is also a sign of immortality.
The netsuke is a miniature carving, usually less than two inches high, created by Japanese and Chinese artists for over three hundred years. They portray every aspect of their life and culture, as well as characters from Japanese folk stories. These carvings were traditionally used to prevent the cord attached to a gentleman's medicine box or tobacco pouch from slipping through the belt of his kimono. Today, they are highly collectible works of art. Traditionally, netsukes have been carved from mammoth and elephant ivory, ebony, fossil walrus tusk, mahogany, rosewood and hippopotamus tooth. The netsukes, often signed by the artist, are getting harder to find as the detail in each piece takes patience and time and the younger Chinese are not so interested in pursuing this art form. . Many of these pieces are displayed in museums and demand high prices at art auctions - from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand depending on the quality of the carving and the artist.
The African singed amber beads are handmade and each has it’s own design. Usually made by men and given to his special woman as a symbol and reminder of his love.
Carved Bone Chinese Netsuke, African Singed Amber Necklace