Chinese Pendants and Toggles



A compact form of a minister (identified by head gear) with folded arms hidden under a long, flowing robe; White jade; Song dynasty; China. 2.07 inches (5.3 cm) high.


A burial jade pendant of three interlocking serpents; nephrite; Song dynasty (960-1279); China. 1.63 inches (4.1 cm) long.


A fine Suzhou agate pendant in flattened oval shape with high relief carving of a monk, seated on a rock under a pine tree; inscribed gao yun gong pian xin san sui you qing ying (ambition as far-reaching as cloud; a clear resonance in the distance); en-suite with a carved coral bead of bats and shou medallions; 18th century Qing dynasty; China. 1.88 inches (4.8 cm) long.


A bi-color pendant with brown reserved for dragon and white for phoenix; chain formed by openwork Buddhist symbol pan-zhang (the eternity knot) interspersed by carved beads with shou medallions; Jade; 19th century; China. 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) high.



A yellow jade cicada-form toggle with folded wings incised with fine vein pattern; Nephrite; 17th/18th century; China. 2.1 inches (5.3 cm) long.


Boy acolyte holding a lotus spray; good use of brown 'skin' to highlight hair and lotus stem; Nephrite; 18th century; China.


A fine muttonfat goose-form toggle; White nephrite; 18th century; China. 2 inches (5.1 cm) long.


Agate toggle; circa 1800 Qing dynasty; China. 1.88 inches (4.8 cm) high.




A carnelian toggle in the form of a mythical lioness with her cub in an harmonious coil, with a brocaded and ribboned ball held in her jaw; circa 1800 Qing dynasty; China. 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) long.


A toggle in the form of a warrior's shoe with openwork lid design of a deer under a tree; Boxwood (tsuge, huangyangmu); 19th century; China. 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) long.


Last updated 06/09/2003  Zhou Yi