A CHINESE CELADON AND RUSSET JADE
CARVING OF GOURDS AND BAT PENDANT
This piece is made of celadon jade suffused with darker russet inclusions. Done via in-the-round and openwork techniques, it features a big gourd and two smaller ones connected by twisting tendrils with a bat on top. The back of the pendant consists of three heavily-indented leaves which retain enchanting russet hues of the stone. In Chinese, "gourds", "bats" and "fortune" are pronounced as hu lu, fu and fu lu respectively. Therefore, "gourds" and "bats" sound akin to or even the same as "fortune" in the language, which make the two elements representations of luck and wealth.