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This fine, wearable pair of earrings is of chased silver that has been gilded (gold plated). Each features a gilded hoop through which a thin disk of mottled dark and pale green jade has been threaded.
Each of the silver hoops is chased with a different set of four of the eight symbols of the Eight Immortals, so together the two earrings have the full quota of eight symbols. These are a flower basket, a pair of castanets, a gourd, a flute, a musical instrument (yu ku), a lotus, a swords and a fan.
The pair is in excellent condition.
Chen, H.S. et al, Catalogue of the Exhibition of Ch’ing Dynasty Costume Accessories, National Palace Museum, 1986.
National Palace Museum, Royal Style: Qing Dynasty and Western Court Jewellery, 2102.