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  • This delightful, antique Chinese enamel horse is based on an ancient Han Dynasty horse. But he has been painted in yellow enamel with touches of green on his ears and a spotted body. I think this horse is actually late Ching Dynasty, around 1910. But it is also an export enamel for the Western market. It is 3 cm long and just under 2.5 cm high.

  • To echo the yellow, I have added a natural, yellow turquoise bead (12 mm).

  • And above the turquoise, there is an antique black/chocolate etched Bi disc at 4 cm in diameter and 5 mm deep. The Bi disc for the Chinese, is an important emblem of harmony and long life. In ancient days, the Bi disc was often placed in the tomb to give such attributes to the deceased. Later, those same aspects could be passed onto the owner of the Bi disc, whether worn as a pendant or simply collected. As for the patterned coils, they are meant to recall the sacred dragon, which is a symbol of the Emperor. But it is also an emblem of the universal source of energy, known as “chi”.

  • The jade Bi disc is topped by a hand-blown glass bead (15.5 mm) in yellow with blue, green and red stripes, made in China.

  • And finally, a hammered, sterling silver disc, at 18.5 mm, sits on top of the glass bead. It is also made by the Karen hill tribes.

  • I have used sterling silver beads (7 mm) as spacers.

  • All the elements hang on a handmade black silk/polyester chain, which, on one of the rings hangs my silver name label.

  • The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.

  • Length 52 cm.