Jade Lizard (蜥蜴) and Peach (仙桃) Carving (Myanmar / Burma)

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Jade Lizard (蜥蜴)and Peach (仙桃) Carving (Myanmar / Burma)

Mineral: Jade var. Jadeite

Origin: Myanmar (Burma)

Color: Dark Green, Light Green, and Light Beige Spots

Treatment: None

Approximate dimensions: 3.2cm x 1.8cm x 1.9cm

Weight: 11g

 

10% of this purchase will be donated to The Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association (BANCA)


 The "five poisons" (wudu 五毒) actually refer to five poisonous animals.  In contrast to what one might expect, the purpose of the five poisons depicted on an amulet is to counteract pernicious influences.  This is because the Chinese believe in combating poison with poison.

Some historical sources refer to the five poisons as consisting of the snake, scorpion, centipede, toad and spider.  Other references have the lizard replacing the spider.  Still other sources mention the five poisons as the snake, scorpion, centipede, spider and the "three-legged toad". 

In Chinese mythology, Peaches of Immortality (Chinese: 仙桃 or Chinese: 蟠桃 are consumed by the immortals due to their mystic virtue of conferring longevity on all who eat them. Peaches symbolizing immortality (or the wish for a long and healthy life) are a common symbol in Chinese art, appearing in depictions or descriptions in a number of fables, paintings, and other forms of art, often in association with thematically similar iconography, such as certain deities or immortals or other symbols of longevity, such as deer or cranes.

 

 Color may vary in images and videos due to different lightings and angles.


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