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A metal chain with seventeen charms attached: three amber beads; one amber ingot; one jade ring; one jade bead; two coins with square holes; a piece of coral; a jade disc with a round hole; one carved peach kernel; a carved monkey holding a peach; a jade Buddha's hand; a jade lotus; a pilgrim's gourd; a silver, and bird claw sword; and a bird's beak mounted with silver.

History Of Use

Worn by women for good luck, longevity and to ward off evil.

Iconographic Meaning

Gourd bottles are worn as charms for longevity. Peach stone amulets are an antidote against evil spirits. Buddha's hand is a symbol of wealth. The sword is the Taoist emblem of victory over evil. Square holed coin is a symbol of heaven. Stones are used to ward of evil.

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