Carved Jade Pale Celadon And Black Thumb Or Archer's Ring. Finely Engraved Designs Of Fish And Symbols. Flatten Top. Fine Soft Polish And Patina Throughout. Pale Yellow And Black Material. Approximately 1 1/2" x 7/8" x 1 1/2". Han Dynasty.
The Archer or Thumb Rig dates back to 4000 BC, the Chinese hunters, soldiers and sportsman wore a ring around their thumb so that the finger would be safe when pulling back the string of the bow. The Archer ring was a common gift to others and symbolizes power.
Fish are known for wealth and abundance, harmony and connubial bliss. Also, it is the symbol of regeneration and freedom. The fish is a most beloved and preferred symbol in Chinese culture especially in art. Fish in general are a symbol of harmonious marriage and blessings of many children or great abundance in one’s life.
This Early well carved Thumb Ring is large and unusual. Rounded ring with a flat top. The body of the ring is carved with scroll and cloud design. The top with a fish, scroll and various designs. Pale yellow and black material with encrustation. Fine soft patina. Approximately 1 1/2" x 7/8" x 1 1/2". Han (206 BC–220 AD). (JJ710)