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Antique Chinese Qing miniature nephrite jade axe pendant with foo dog lion in profile above blade mounted on a woven silk cord loop with a bead, the axe featuring inscised decoration.
NOTE:This was identified as jade in an inventory and we believe it to be nephrite jade however it has not been tested and we only assume it to be jade, sold simply as beautiful carved stone. The bead color appears to us to be along the lines of carnelian or amber but material has not yet been determined.
Circa 19th century.
Pendant 3 inches h. x 1.5 inches w. x 0.25 inches d.
Provenance: This is one lot of approx. 30 lots in this sale from the estate of Mr. & Mrs. Nancy & Henry Marks, owners of Dynasty Orientalia, Fayetteville, PA. The vast majority of the business inventory was liquidated by the family many years ago however this grouping remained in storage with Southern heirs residing south of Atlanta until now. Nancy and Henry traveled to Asia to purchase much of their inventory and were active in the Baltimore and Washington, DC antiques show circuit in the 1970s and 1980s. Some of their items retain decades old price tags from shows which we have left intact for historical perspective.
Condition: Generally sound and attractive estate discovery condition with one very small chip to one corner of the axe blade.