In Chinese culture, the calabash, or "bottle-gourd" plant, has long been used as a food and medicine, and its hard shell as a bottle, a dipper and even an ancient musical instrument.
Gourds have traditionally been used to carry medicine, wine and "magic" Old Chinese gourd charmelixirs. Gourds were also tied to the backs of children and boat people to serve as life preservers.
The gourd is popular as a charm to ward off evil spirits and disease because its first character (hulu 葫芦) has the same pronunciation as the word to "protect" or "guard" (hu 护) and also the word for "blessing" (hu 祜).
The calabash also has a shape that resembles the number “8”.
|Weight||0.73g (3.65 ct) **weight including mounting|
||10.3 x 6.9 x 3.3 (mm)|
|Shape and Cut||Carved as a Calabash (Hulu)|
Perfect flawless piece. Jadeite mount in 18k gold.
|Remarks||Item includes gift box, jadeite polishing cloth and certificate of guarantee.|
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