A STRING OF AMBER AND LAPIS LAZULI ROSARY BEADS, SHOUCHUAN Qing Dynasty (2)

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Lot 7
A STRING OF AMBER AND LAPIS LAZULI ROSARY BEADS, SHOUCHUAN
Qing Dynasty

Sold for HK$ 63,750 (US$ 8,199) inc. premium
A STRING OF AMBER AND LAPIS LAZULI ROSARY BEADS, SHOUCHUAN
Qing Dynasty
Comprising eighteen amber beads divided by a larger lapis lazuli bead pierced with stylised chilong dragons, suspending a circular pendant above two lapis lazuli drops pierced with the same dragon design, dividing four pearls, box.
26.2cm (10 1/4in) long. (2).

Footnotes

  • 清 蜜蠟十八子手串

    Amber rosary beads were commonly used in a Qing court lady's daily life for praying, wearing as a bracelet or hanging on one of the buttons on the chest to hold the front frap. See a court lady holding the prayer beads depicted in a court painting Twelve Beauties, which was commissioned by the Yongzheng Emperor (1723-1735). The painting captured the most popular costumes and hairstyles of Qing court women, illustrated in The Palace of Heaven on Earth: Artefacts on Lives of Empress, Imperial Concubines and Princes in the Qing Dynasty, Beijing, 2016, no.80. A similar string of amber and lapis lazuli rosary beads was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30 November 2016, lot 3366.

    十八顆圓潤均匀,大小一致之蜜蠟串成。上下有青金石結珠兩個,再飾以青金石佛頭、結牌及墜角,皆鏤雕有魑龍紋,中間連珍珠四顆。手串是清代后妃日常生活的裝飾品,可挽在手腕或拿在手中,也可掛在便服衣襟的紐扣上,見《胤禛妃行樂圖》中一妃子一手閑雅地捻著十八子手串,正觀賞兩隻嬉戲頑皮的寵物貓。參看香港佳士得曾售出一件類似的蜜蠟十八子手串,2016年11月30日,拍品編號3366。
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