necklace

Court necklace, chaozhu, made up of 107 dark brown carved wooden beads interspersed with three large carved, light blue glass beads, fo tou, three counting strings, ji nian, each of which has 10 pale caramel wooden beads and a drop of amber, green or blue glass. Also includes a long drop extension, bei yuan, that hung down the wearer's back, which has a large carved light blue glass bead with stupa atop, fo tou ta, from which hangs a woven strap with a rectangular lobed pendant inlaid with lapis lazuli and a coral teardrop-shaped drop with gilt mount decorated with 'shou' characters, longevity, and bat motifs. The 'bei yuan' strap is broken into three segments.

Collection Information

These objects are only a part of our collections, of which there are more than 350,000 objects. This information comes from our collections database. Some of this is incomplete and there may be errors. This part of the website is also still under construction, so there may be some fields repeated or incorrectly formatted information.

The database sometimes uses language taken from historical documents to help research, which may now appear outdated and even offensive. The database also includes information on objects that are considered secret or sacred by some communities.

If you have any further information about objects in our collections or can suggest corrections to our information, please contact us: enquiry@horniman.ac.uk