Jade pendant carved with monkey and bag
32 x 16 x 12 mm, 11.5 grams
With black skin at the top carved into a rope, the white jade is carved into a monkey jumping out of a bag. A frequent motif in Chinese culture, monkeys can often be found in carvings implying promotions, as the word monkey is homophonous with marquis. Combining with the bag pronounced the same as the word generation, the carving implies that may your family rank as marquis from generation to generation.
Suzhou-style Jade Carving
Suzhou is one of the places of origin of Chinese jade carving. By the Tang dynasty (618-907), workshops of jade carving were established. By the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Suzhou artisans became famous throughout the country. Suzhou-style jade carvings are mainly small pieces, most of which are vases, figures, flowers and animals. Traditional decorative workmanship was applied to the carvings, and the curios are exquisite and graceful.
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