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The size of this tourmaline pendant is of a typical size of a "four-six" style in Qing dynasty, which is six inches long and four inches wide. The pendant is suspended with a Han Dynasty dragonfly-eyed glass bead and an agate bead from late Western Zhou Dynasty. This collocation represents a classic style of ornaments that the Manchurian aristocratic usually hung on their waist. It implies a meaning of good fortune and peace. This tourmaline pendant is of a transparent hue and has carved with five rats clambering around a large ingot among other auspicious ornaments, revealing the implied meaning that the five rats will bring in money. In the late Qing Dynasty, Tourmaline's value rose steadily due to the fact that the Empress Cixi was a big fan of it. According to the relevant literature, some of the ministers and princes competed with each other for the acquisition of the tourmaline in order to present to the Empress and please her. On the market, the highest price of one gram of tourmaline was twice as high as gold. 2.17 inch L, 1.36 inch W

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19th Antique Carved Tourmaline Pendant

Estimate $5,000 - $6,000May 12, 2018