HUANG dynasty, orange jade arc-shape pendant with matching strap.
- Length 48cm
In antiquity and into the Middle Ages, jade was supposed to protect kidney diseases.
In Chinese culture, jade symbolizes nobility, perfection, constancy and immortality. It is said that Confucius compared the pleasant softness of the jade stone to benevolence, its hardness to righteousness, its diversity of colors to the spirit's initiative, and its translucency to fidelity. In Chinese metaphors, the jade stone is often associated with feminine virtues of purity and chastity and the ideal woman is one who is "pure as jade and translucent as ice."