Pictorial Charm

About this object

History of use

Design similar to a coin, but too large to circulate; not from the period it purports to be from. (Larson, David)

Iconographic meaning

The representations of a dragon and a phoenix or a "double dragon" chasing a flaming pearl are common auspicious images in any context in ancient China. They were not restricted to any particular class. (Li, Min)

Physical description

Round, square hole in centre, inner and outer rims on both sides, four Chinese characters on obverse; leafy pattern, resembling a simplified dragon and phoenix on reverse.