Qing Dynasty carved ChenXiang wood Chinese court necklace, alluring Qing dynasty Official Pearl necklace (ChaoZhu). Comprised of One-Hundred-eight well-strung pearls, with large teardrop shaped beads that are evenly placed in purple color. Encircled toward the center Jadeite Fotou connecting to a golden-yellow ribbon suspending oval shaped jadeite pendant, followed by the central back-cloud (BeiYun) jadeite gourd shaped pendant. The center is a Fotou connecting to a knotted ribbon which suspends an oval-shaped tourmaline stone encapsulated in gilt-work. Masterful work can be seen throughout the minute details. Hardwood display box has been molded to the fit the pearl strand exactly, golden-yellow silk and elegantly come with officer hat cap. Chinese Qing Dynasty officer's hat in conical domed form capped with brass crown everted round blue Peking Glass finial on top, above the red tassel against creme-white fabric covered surface, banded with pale-brown ribbon on the outer rim. The interior covered in red silk, with loop string.
Measurements (Hat): 6-1/8" H x 10-1/2" Diam. Necklace: 54-1/2" H Box: 17-1/2" H x 11" W
Chaozhu beads are a Buddhist prayer beads are a traditional tool used to count the number of times a mantra is recited, breaths while meditating, counting prostrations, or the repetitions of a buddha's name. Buddhist tradition counts the beads at 108, the number is attributed to the Mokugenji (soapberry seed) Sutra wherein Shakyamuni Buddha instructed King Virudhaka to make such beads and recite the Three Jewels of Buddhism prayer beads are often painted in pigment, various traditional schools attribute a consecration ritual by the Sangha to the beads, to "open the eyes" for the purpose of achieving Enlightenment unique to the Karma of each believer. In Tibetan Buddhism of 108 beads are used These mantras can be recited for different purposes linked to working with mind. These beads can be made from the wood of Ficus religiosa (bo or bodhi tree), or from "bodhi seeds", which come from rudraksha. the beads themselves called "moon and stars" by Tibetans, and variously called "lotus root", "lotus seed" and "linden nut" The bead itself is very hard and dense, ivory-colored (which gradually turns a deep golden brown with long use), and has small holes (moons) and tiny black dots (stars) covering its surface. Within the Buddhist tradition, this repetition of the beads serves to remind practitioners of the teaching that it is possible to break the cycle of birth and death.