Confronting Chi-long And Dragon Belt Buckle


Confronting Chi-long and Dragon Belt Buckle, 19th century, Qing Dynasty, 1644 - 1911/12

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Dimensions: 11/16 × 3 11/16 × 11/16 in. (1.7 × 9.4 × 1.7 cm)

Gift of Miss Carol C. Pierson, 2005.77

This case includes more accessories created from jade and jadeite. The popularity of these luxury items increased in the Qing Dynasty because the royal family and coutiers favored the vivid green that jade stones offered. The cup and seal box with an ornate dragon pattern likely belonged to someone of royal status. The small belt buckle depitcts an adult dragon with a baby, or Chi-long cub, on its belly. According to Chinese legend the Chi-long is the second son of the dragon. This motif reflects traditional Chinese ideals that emphasize a positive relationship between parents and children.

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