Official necklace (chaozhu)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 222

During the Qing dynasty, civil and military officials above a certain rank wore beaded necklaces. A standard accessory in court dress, the neckwear featured beads made of semiprecious stones and strung with silk ribbons. The relative rarity of the materials and the colors of the ribbons signified an individual’s status.

Official necklace (chaozhu), Rose quartz, agate, glass, silver, and silk ribbon, China

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