Beautiful Jade archer's ring from an old London Estate Collection. Chinese men of social station, such as the literati and the officialdom of China, would wear these jade cylinder thumb rings (or archer's rings) on their thumbs. They are said to have evolved from the very early devices used to bring the bow string back and release so that it would not tear the thumb of the archer.
By the time of the Song and Ming Dynasties the thumb rings had devolved to the point of being simply beautiful cylinders of jade or other materials that, when worn, were a statement of the individual's higher rank. The thumb ring is an excellent way to express privilege because with one of these thumb rings on it is almost impossible to do any sort of real work with the hands.They make all things rather clumsy, but they do certainly express the privilege of the individual wearing them. Its surprising that an item as small and plain as a cylindrical thumb ring can provide so much opportunity for artistry. Much of the enjoyment of these rings comes from the materials they are made of. But as archers rings became more ornamental and less practical, the materials that could be used expanded greatly. In this way they are very similar to Chinese snuff bottles, and many of the same materials were used. 3cm Tall x 3.2cm Wide. __________________________________________________ Jackson's On Main sells high quality art and antiquities at excellent prices from both our extensive collection and from the private collections of our clients and various estates. Jackson's On Main 209 West Main Street Mount Sterling, KY 40353 United States QUESTIONS. Jackson's On Main History. Our business was established in 1966 by Claude and William Jackson, father and son, in Hollywood, California. Claude Jackson (now deceased) was a well known West Coast artist who executed numerous fine works many depicting the great movie stars of early Hollywood. Several of his works have been published and those originals now reside in the collections of various noted individuals and institutions. Most notable probably is his depiction of Marilyn Monroe in his'Red Kimono', 1975, published as the centerfold in Roger Taylor's anthology.
As time passed we diversified and grew and now we maintain a 3,000 square foot full service walk-in art and antique Gallery in Mt. We are fully staffed and equipped to provide prompt professional service and we guarantee ALL sales to be as described.
We also are always interested in purchasing quality art works and we pay top dollar. Please send pictures for quotes. We guarantee your full satisfaction with every sale. Bill and Donna Jackson Owners. The item "ANTIQUE QING DYNASTY CHINESE CARVED CELADON & RUSSET JADE ARCHER'S RING" is in sale since Sunday, July 5, 2015.This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Rings". The seller is "jacksonsonmain" and is located in Mount Sterling, Kentucky. This item can be shipped worldwide.