Inspired by the elaborate necklaces of the Xizhou dynasty,(1046-771 BC) I have come up with my own modest strand using beads and pendants from early periods of China's civilization.
|Mostly Shang - Zhou beads and pendants|
The strand is made up of a trapezoidal jade bead, 2 silkworms, a spherical carved bead, a bead of turtle shell carving, two bamboo shape tube beads and a pair of cicadas interspersed with small carnelian disc beads.
Details of the components given below.
Picture below shows beads with three different shapes. From left spherical bead with c-shaped motifs (1.4cm), flat turtle shell bead (1.5 x 1cm) and a trapezoidal bead with phoenix carving (2 x 1.5cm at the base)
|Bead shapes are spherical, flat and trapezoidal|
|Pair of silkworms|
|Left tube is 2cmx0.5cm right tube is 2.3cm x0.5cm|
|Pair of cicadas|
The carnelian disc beads used as spacers are the hallmarks of many Xizhou necklaces.
|Small discs measures approx. 1 cm across|
These red discs also add a touch of color to the otherwise somber hues of my string.
|Rosy carnelian beads add a touch of color|