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Subject:Engraved / inscribed ivory agate necklace
Posted By: Sally Fri, Oct 02, 2020 IP: 90.254.45.60

Hi , I hope you are all well. I think this necklace is either very late Ching or Republic era, banded agate and jasper or serpentine.
I'd be very interested to know what the inscriptions say and will add some better photos when the post is live. I've been told the bangle should be tested, could be jade or bowenite.





Subject:Re: Engraved / inscribed ivory agate necklace
Posted By: Mark Adams Sat, Oct 03, 2020

Hi Sally,
Firstly to ascertain what could be or what couldn't be is difficult with only two pictures that are more or less the same/similar image.
Based on what I can see my gut tells me the agate necklace is modern.
The bangle will need a hands on approach. I don't think it's bowenite. Nor so I think it's jadeite jade. It well may be nephrite jade.
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Subject:Re: Engraved / inscribed ivory agate necklace
Posted By: Sally Sat, Oct 03, 2020

Thank you Mark , very helpful info. I thought the ivory pieces on the necklace could be a little older as they are a bit cracked and yellowish in places but maybe that doesn't necessarily mean they are old? Looking closely at the manufacture I'd agree it doesn't look that old, the clasps are roughly made in base metal, possibly plated and the necklace attached to the clasps with leather thong. The beads seem to be hung on something more fibrous like cotton or silk mix.

Subject:Re: Engraved / inscribed ivory agate necklace
Posted By: Sally Sat, Oct 03, 2020

I hope these are clear enough







Subject:Re: Engraved / inscribed ivory agate necklace
Posted By: I.Nagy Sat, Oct 03, 2020

Pic.1,
紅岳     - Hong Yue ( Mt. South)
旧年 甲子冬 - Lunar Year of Wood-Rat (1924) Winter

Pic.2,
乙丑年春月冩 - Painted in Spring Month of the Year of Wood-Buffalo (1925)

Pic.3,
紅拂私奔  - Elopement of *Hong Fu (Red Sleeves)
甲子冬月  - In the Winter Month of the Year of Wood-Rat (1924)

* Hong Fu - a legendary Chinese folk heroine duringt he transition years From Sui to Tang.

With regards,
I.Nagy

Subject:Re: Engraved / inscribed ivory agate necklace
Posted By: Sally Sat, Oct 03, 2020

Hope this is clear enough



Subject:Re: Engraved / inscribed ivory agate necklace
Posted By: Sally Sun, Oct 04, 2020

Thank you so much I. Nagy , once again I'm very grateful to you for sharing your knowledge . It adds so much to the appreciation and understanding of the piece.
Best wishes
Sally


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