A PAIR OF WHITE JADE NAIL GUARDS 18th century (2)

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A PAIR OF WHITE JADE NAIL GUARDS
18th century

Sold for HK$ 51,000 (US$ 6,550) inc. premium
A PAIR OF WHITE JADE NAIL GUARDS
18th century
A pair of elongated half-cones shaped like a long fingernail with a short tubular opening tapering to a point, open at the larger end with the lower section enclosing the fingertip, designed also to reduce the weight worn on fingers, the front engraved and carved with auspicious emblems shou ('longevity') and a coin that symbolises wealth ('cai'), the stone of even semi-translucent ivory-white tone.
6.5cm (2 1/2in) long. (2).

Footnotes

  • 十八世紀 白玉雕富貴長壽指甲套一對

    Traditional Chinese society places aesthetic attention on women maintaining elegant long nails. It is not uncommon to find Qing dynasty nail guards made of gold and silver, some enhanced with enamel and bronze, and even of jade and glass. See an example of a gold nail guard with similar coin design in the Qing Court Collection, illustrated in Classics of the Forbidden City: Jewelry of the Empress and Imperial Concubines in the Collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, 2012, pl.225, p.226.

    此對指甲套以玉雕而成。通體細長,由套管至指尖逐漸變細,套管以下部位為中空覆瓦形。套管表面淺雕壽字及透雕古錢紋,背面等距接窄條,既可護長甲,又利通氣,並可減輕整體重量。參考一件金鏨古錢紋指甲套,其古錢紋與本品相像,藏於北京故宮博物院,著錄於《故宮經典:清宮后妃首飾圖典》,北京,2012,編號225,頁226。
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