A delightful deep green nephrite jade boar or pig. There is a small suspension hole in the tail and mouth to allow it to be strung. The pig is one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. It is traditionally viewed as a symbol of prosperity and good fortune and believed to ward off evil spirits. An old Chinese custom was to have young male children wear hats and shoes in the shape of a pig. Chinese parents believed this would avoid misfortune since the evil spirits would be tricked into thinking the child was actually a pig. The dead were also buried with jade pigs placed in their hands to create the causes for a wealthy rebirth.
Size: 64mm x 19mm
Origin: China - from an old UK collection.
Age: Late 19th/Early 20th C