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Huge Chinese Silver Cuff with 8 Immortals

This is the only Chinese bracelet that I have ever seen that pictures a legend from the Ming Dynasty. At first all you can see is a huge Shou symbol… which appears on many Chinese ornaments.

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[ click on images to enlarge …. photos by: RP (Bob) Birt ]

But when you turn the bracelet the 8 Immortals appear…

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This early 20th century bracelet tells the Ming Dynasty Story The Eight Immortals Cross the Sea – using their magical powers. Each Immortal finds a different sea creature to carry them across the ocean… a crab, turtle, eel etc. … all in repoussé silver.

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The work of the Chinese silversmiths still have the power to surprise me!

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2 Comments

  1. Posted January 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    I love this! Such amazing quality, I’ve never seen a piece of jewelry with the eight immortals featured. Very cool.

    -Steve

    Antfarm Photography
    http://www.antfarmphotography.com

  2. Susan
    Posted January 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    You can also check out the Immortal’s bracelet in PictureBook for some more information.

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