This vintage piece of pale green jade has been hand carved to represent the goddess Quan Yin, goddess of mercy. The carving is nicely defined. The jade measures 2 3/8” long by 1 3/4” wide at the widest part neat the bottom. There are two small holes on either side of the top so it can be strung on a necklace. It is in perfect condition with no chips or cracks.
Quan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy and infinite compassion, worshipped by those who seek relief from pain and adversity. She is the protector of children and is prayed to by those who want children. She is believed to be born of the lotus.
Chinese royalty has worn jade for centuries. It has been used since the Neolithic times for tools, weaponry, amulets, vases and figurines because of its hardness. It is believed to be a spiritual stone and has been called the jewel of heaven. It represents the five principal virtues: charity, modesty, courage, justice and wisdom. From cloudy white to golden brown, light to dark green, to rare lavender, jade is the most highly prized Asian gemstone. Jade has been regarded as the most precious stone for thousands of years and is treasured for its magical powers. It is believed to protect the wearer and ensure good luck and good health as well as to increase life span, which is why most Asians put a jade bangle on a baby’s arm and wear jade themselves.
weight: 40 grams
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