Carved Coral Strand, 30 mm, Phoenix/Fenghuang and Dragon, China, Item JE27
Afghan Tribal Arts has been importing from Afghanistan and the region since the 1980’s. The focus is on vintage textiles and tribal jewelry as well as new gemstone beads made for jewelry designers. Clicking on the Shop on Etsy button will take you to our shop there where you can see what is currently in stock.
Look at the magnificent scene on these carved coral beads! A phoenix and dragon are head face to face in the sky among the swirling clouds. The scene wraps around the beads, and is framed on each end by a decorative border. The beads are dyed a deep brown color, which falls into the deeper areas of the carving and highlights the raised areas, adding dimension and depth to these textured beads. The beads have a wider opening, and are strung on several strands of braided nylon string.
Bead Size: 1.25″ (3 cm) long, .75″ (20 mm) diameter
Strand Length: 15 inches (38 centimeters) 12 beads per strand
Please examine the photos carefully. We have made every attempt to get as close to the color as possible, but different monitors do interpret these colors differently. And, you will notice that the sizes of the beads do vary from strand to strand. Flaws, hairline cracks and uneven finishing is part of this handmade process.
From the Brittanica.com online encyclopedia:
Fenghuang, Wade-Giles romanization feng-huang, also called feng or (misleadingly) Chinese phoenix, in Chinese mythology, an immortal bird whose rare appearance is said to be an omen foretelling harmony at the ascent to the throne of a new emperor. Like the qilin (a unicorn-like creature), the fenghuang is often considered to signify both male and female elements, a yin-yang harmony; its name is a combination of the words feng representing the male aspect and huang the female. It is mentioned as early as the Shang dynasty in oracle-bone inscriptions. Tradition recounts an appearance of the fenghuang before the death of the legendary Yellow Emperor (Huangdi), who ruled China in the 27th century bce. During the Zhou dynasty it acquired its association with political prosperity and harmony. In the first chapter of the Shanhaijing (3rd century bce–1st century ce; “The Classic of Mountains and Rivers”), the fenghuang appears to be a symbol of Confucian values, wearing the characters meaning virtue, duty, ritual, compassion, and trust on various parts of its body. If seen, it is a sign of world peace. Its latest appearance is said to have taken place in Anhui province at the grave of the father of Hongwu, founder of the Ming dynasty in 1368. It is said that the song of the fenghuang is exceptionally beautiful and meaningful and that the animal has a special appreciation of human music.
The Shuowen jiezi (1st or 2nd century ce; “An Explication of Written Characters”) describes the bird as having the breast of a goose, the hindquarters of a stag, the neck of a snake, the tail of a fish, the forehead of a fowl, the down of a duck, the marks of a dragon, the back of a tortoise, the face of a swallow, and the beak of a cock. It is reportedly about 9 feet (2.7 metres) tall. Its tail is red, blue, yellow, white, and black—the five sacred colours. In systematized mythology, it is considered female and is paired with the dragon (male); together the two creatures symbolize marital harmony.
Visit our Etsy shop for more beads and other tribal jewelry and textiles!
Afghan Tribal Arts specializes in handcut, unpolished beads from Afghanistan and the region. Working with artisans directly in the Peshawar region, your purchase helps support small workshops who work in traditions established over centuries in the Silk Road. Afghanistan has great wealth in its natural resources, including an endless variety of semi-precious stones. Unpolished stones take in the oils of the skin with wear and develop a deep patina over time.
Recognizing that these strands are more expensive than the dyed and commercial stones that flood the market these days, we encourage our customers to think of buying with other friends and splitting the strands or to buy quantity in order to save on shipping.
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Afghan Tribal Arts
I have been importing from Central Asia since the 1980’s. Afghan Tribal Arts focuses on hand carved gemstones, beads, tribal jewelry, vintage textiles and nomadic carpets. But, we have a huge inventory of handmade crafts from around the world.
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