This antique Chinese Qing Dynasty silver repousse lock pendant necklace has a different design on each side On one side is a deer and a stork under a pine tree. The design on the side is a cricket, two butterflies and Chinese characters. The pendant is 2 1/2” wide by 2” tall. It is in good antique condition with all the original attachments. It has the original 4 mm chain which is 20” around. The lock has 5 hanging chains with the original bells attached. There is no clasp so unless one has a small head it would probably need one if you are going to wear it. It is a collector’s item.
The deer is symbolic of longevity and good luck. The deer often portrayed with the God of Longevity. It is believed that only the deer could find the magic fungus of immortality. Years ago the Chinese considered the spotted deer to be symbolic of power, wealth and dignity.
In Asian legends the stork is said to live 1,000 years. They are symbolic of longevity. The stork is frequently shown together with pine trees also a symbol of longevity.
The pine tree is a very common symbol for longevity because it is an evergreen tree and can live through bad weather conditions, especially winters, where the temperature is severe, as well as, through droughts.
The cricket symbolizes summer, courage, and a fighting spirit. Many Chinese keep a pet cricket in their homes to bring good fortune and because they like to listen to their cricket song.
For the Chinese the butterfly represents love, specifically young love. The butterfly symbolizes an undying bond between lovers, as well as, joy and married happiness. It is also a symbol for happiness and prosperity. It is an emblem of summer and symbolizes long life and immortality.
weight 36 gms
Antique Qing Dynasty Chinese Silver Repousse Lock and Chain Necklace