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  • Catalogue Essay

    The gourd, known as hulu in Chinese, is a highly auspicious and spiritual object in Chinese culture. It is often mentioned in tales about divinities and gods for carrying magic potions and healing water. It was long associated with good health and protection, high social status, and comes with the meaning of prosperity and fertility. Fewer people know about its correlation with marriage. Newly-wed couple in the past split a hulu in half, each holding one half, drink a toast to their marriage. In this sense, a hulu also becomes a metaphor for a long and happy relationship.

    This pair of earrings is each mounted with a stunning carved jadeite hulu with an elegant simplistic outline, and two matching hulu doubles the joy it represents. Despite this traditional motif, the minimalistic design affords this pair of earrings a modern and bold look. The thoughtful design also allows one to transform each hulu into a pendant.

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An Impressive Pair of Jadeite 'Double-Gourd' and Diamond Earrings

Estimate
HK$4,500,000 - 5,500,000 
$570,000-700,000

Contact Specialist
Terry Chu
Head of Jewellery, Asia, Senior Director
+852 2318 2038

Jewels & Jadeite

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2017