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String of light brown beads on rust coloured braided string. Beads (seeds?) are small and spherical, roughly the same size excluding one oblong wooden dull-lustre bead at the end, and one bell shaped, dull lustre bead following it. Two braided cords made from the rust coloured string come out of the bell shaped bead and end in tassels.


The items in the Chen Pu Yi collection (3110/1-27) belonged to the donor's grandmother, who passed away in 1983, at the age of 74. She was born in the Fujian province of China to a peasant family. Her father was an opium addict and was heavily in debt. She was sold into a well-off family in the city as a maid at 13. Soon after it was arranged that she would marry the younger son of that family. It was an unhappy union from the beginning as they shared little in common and, as an uneducated peasant girl, she was not considered to be a worthy life companion. Soon after the marriage his grandfather took on other mistresses and wives, and the relationship was marked by quarrels. Feeling trapped, and as a victim to circumstance, Chen Pu Yi resorted to a prayerful and contemplative life as a devout Buddhist. She could not read or write, but she was able to memorize by heart the scripts in the books. She recited them from cover to cover every morning for the rest of her life, as she prayed and meditated. She moved from China to Hong Kong after the war and later, with her eldest son, to Vancouver. She was a kind, gentle and generous person and in her quiet, simple way she endured and perservered. The donor felt her story to be typical of many women growing up in China at that time, and hoped the collection would help convey the story to younger generations.

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