Ceremonial Court Chain

Object Name: 
Ceremonial Court Chain

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Object Name: 
Ceremonial Court Chain
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
51.6.294
Dimensions: 
Amethyst Beads H: 1.3 cm, Diam: 1.3 cm; Large Green Beads H: 2.7 cm, Diam: 2.7 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
1800-1899
Primary Description: 
Ceremonial Court Chain. Transparent palest amethyst, light bluish green, bright green, blue and ruby-red glasses; formed and carved. Long chain consisting of (a) 106 pale amethyst spherical beads cut with two longevity symbols and two bat forms; (b) three large blue-green spherical beads cut with four motifs of two bat forms with a longevity symbol; (c) a long pendant of cord-wrapped areas, an openwork gilt disc, one large blue-green spherical bead (like the three above), and one blue-green bottle-shaped bead cut with bats alternating with two longevity symbols and, at the neck, with six vertical herringbone panels and a long, narrow blue fabric strip, with thread-wound areas, sustaining a thin, flat oval form of transparent bluish-green and, as a terminal, a large drop of bright green glass with attached metal cap surmounted by a small cloudy colorless bead; and (d) three subordinate pendant strings of ten blue spherical beads cut with four longevity symbols, plus a cord-wrapped section and an eight-lobed ruby-red drop capped by gilt filigree and surmounted by a small cloudy colorless bead, each string being attached to the basic chain by an openwork disc of gilt metal.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Hussey, Nellie B., Source
1951
Category: 
Color: 
Technique: 
Exhibition of East Asiatic Glass
Venue(s)
Toledo Museum of Art 1948-10-03 through 1948-10-31