Jadeite and Gem Set Pendant
- Jadeite, Turquoise, Ruby, Sapphire, Yellow Gold
- Buddha panel approximately 46.05 x 19.68 x 6.25mm; each Bodhisattva panel approximately 46.05 x 10.95 x 5.75mm.
Jadeite, a long revered symbol of supreme status and prosperous wealth, is also believed to possess health-strengthening properties and encourage longevity. A spiritual stone with significant meaning, it is often carved into symbolic figures that are intricately woven into the Chinese culture.
This piece inspired by the triptych art form, which found its origins in early Christian art, used as a popular presentation for altar paintings from the Middle Ages. Panels divided into three sections are hinged together that could be folded shut or displayed open. Commonly identified as a Christian altarpiece form, triptychs have since become increasingly popular with other religions and more recently, contemporary artists such as Zeng Fanzhi and Francis Bacon. In 2014, Bacon's 'Three Studies for Portrait of George Dyer (on Light Ground)' sold at Sotheby's London for USD45, 463, 700.
This distinctive triptych pendant opens to reveal the Medicine Buddha, also referred to as the Supreme Healer. Depicted in a canonical Buddha-like form holding a gallipot of medicine nectar, with his right hand extended gently over his right knee in a gesture called supreme generosity, he is attended by two bodhisattvas symbolising the light of the sun ("Suryaprabha") and the light of the moon ("Candraprabha") respectively. The use of a triptych to carve this intricate jadeite piece of Buddhist symbolism reflects the harmonious synergy between east and west, making it a rare collectable treasure for jadeite lovers.