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19th Century Chinese Heidao Carved Beads Bracelet

$5,000.00

19th Century Chinese Heidao Carved Beads Bracelet

$5,000.00


Description

DATE: Qing Dynasty, c.1850

An astounding bracelet comprising 12 fruit pits or kernels, carved in China during the Qing Dynasty, circa 1850. Known as heidao, the art of carving nuts and fruit pits into intricate three-dimensional beads flourished during the Qing period (1644-1911), with artists continually trying to better themselves and their contemporaries both. Subjects would include the Chinese zodiac, Buddha, sages, animals, scenes from nature or legend, and they would typically use apricot kernels, peach, coquilla, or olive pits, walnuts, or myrica rubra kernels. Clearly, owing to the small size of the medium, the level of intricacy and fineness, and therefore skill required to create them is utterly remarkable. These beads are as well carved as I've ever seen, and feature various birds, bats, and dragons - clearly crafted by one individual and intended to be worn together as a collection. We've had them re-strung and added a 9k gold trigger clasp.

STONES 

Carved fruit pits

MEASUREMENTS 

Wearable length: 8 inches

Individual beads: 15.9 x 13.1mm (approx.)

WEIGHT 

12.3g

MARKS 

No marks present, clasp is 9k gold

CONDITION 

Very good, minimal signs of wear - mainly to the holes through which the beads are strung

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