Thumb Ring

Thumb Ring

1800s-mid-1900s

White jade

Diameter: 3.1 cm (1 1/4 in.); Overall: 2.6 cm (1 in.)

Bequest of Cornelia Blakemore Warner 1947.546

Location

Description

Jade rings were worn by men on the thumb of the right hand to assist with holding and pulling the string of the archer’s bow. However, thumb rings were also fashionable accessories for civil officials in the late Qing dynasty.

See also
Collection: 
Chinese Art
Department: 
Chinese Art
Type of artwork: 
Jewelry
Medium: 
White jade

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