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Agate Carving of a Monk - AM.0436
Origin: China
Circa: 1800 BC to 1900 AD
Dimensions: 4.45" (11.3cm) high
Collection: Chinese Art
Medium: Agate


Location: Great Britain
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Description
It is believed that agate carving has a history of more than 1,000 years in the city of Fuxin. During the Qing Dynaty (1644-1911), the agate decorations were primarily from Fuxin. Fuxin is known as the “City of Agate”.

Reputated as “Jade Gold”, agate is a symbol of beauty, happiness, auscpiciousness, riches and honour.

This delicately carved agate depicts a monk wearing a flowing robe, holding a reliquary and prayer beads between his hands. The figure sits on a wooden stand. Such pieces would have served a decorative purpose. - (AM.0436)

 

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