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Item ref: AC 201.1 Obverse: The inscriptions read as "Chang Da Cheng Ren" which mean "To Attain Adulthood".
Reverse: flora and butterfly design.
Item name: Silver Amulet
Price: US$ 45
Dimension: 50 mm
Remarks: This type of amulet is usually given to a young teenager wishing him to attain adulthood soon.
Item ref: AC 202.1 Obverse: The inscriptions read as "Wu Shi Tong Tang" which mean "Five generations living under the same household".
Reverse:flora design.
Item name: Silver Amulet
Price: US$ 45
Dimension: 49 mm
Remarks: To be blessed with many generations living harmoniously together.
Item ref: AC 203.1
Obverse: The inscriptions read as "Jiu Shi Tong Ju" which mean "Nine generations living under the same household".
Reverse:2 Bats facing each other. Bats are commonly depicted on amulet as the Chinese character for Bat "Fu" is a visual pun or rebus for "Good Fortune" or "Happiness" because both characters share the same pronounciation Fu. Often the bat is shown flying upside down (towards the center square hole) because the character "dao" for "upside down" and the character "dao" meaning "to have arrived" are both pronounced the same "dao". Symbol of Bat flying upside down means "Good Fortune or Happiness have arrived". Two Bats facing each other means "Double Good Fortune or Happiness".
Item name: Silver Amulet
Price: US$ 45
Dimension: 50 mm (H)
Remarks: Believed to bless the holder with many generations of family.
Item ref: AC 204.1 The picture on each side of the charm is the same. Obverse: The inscriptions read (from the top, bottom, right, and left) as "Fu Lu Shou Xi" which means "Fu"= "Good Fortune", "Lu"="Government Official Salary", "Shou"= "Longetivity" and "Xi"="Joy or Happiness".
Reverse: Same as the Obverse.
Item name: Good Luck Amulet
Price: US$ 320
Dimension:
Remarks:
Item ref: AC 205.1 The picture on each side of the charm is the same. Most open work charms are from the Ming Dynasty (AD 1368 to 1644) although some date back to as early as the Han Dynasty (BC 206 to AD 220).
Obverse: Two fish, one on each side of the charm. They appear to be chasing each other around the center hole.
Reverse: Same as the Obverse.
"Fish" symbolizes prosperity because the Chinese word for fish "Yu" is a pun for "abundance" or " Surplus" or " well to do". Two Fish or a pair of fish (shuang yu) represents happiness in marriage.
Item name: Fish Amulet
Price: US$ 180
Dimension:
Remarks: Double Fish Open Work Amulet
Item ref: AC 206.1 Obverse: The inscriptions read as "Zi Sun Chang Sheng" which means "Blessed with many sons and grandsons"
Reverse: The inscriptions read (from the top, bottom, right, and left) as "Shou Fu Kang Ning" which means "Longevity, Wealth, Health, and Composure". This inscriptons is a reference to the famous Chinese "Five Blessings" or "Wu Fu".
On each corner and appearing on both side of this charm, is a Bat flying upside down towards the center square hole. Bat (Fu) is a visual pun or rebus for "Good Fortune" or "Happiness" (Fu) because both characters share the same pronounciation "Fu". Symbol of bat flying upside down means "Happiness has arrived".
Item name: Lucky Amulet
Price: US$ 120 Sold
Dimension: mm
Remarks:
Item ref: AC 207.1 The Fish symbol is often used to symbolize the wish for more blessings such as good luck, fortune, longevity, happiness, children, etc.. The pronouciation of the Chinese character for "fish" (Yu) is the same as the Chinese character for "surplus" (Yu). Carp fish is often the model for Chinese amulet charms, paintings as well as other decorative ornaments.
Obverse:: The inscriptions read from right to left: "Guan Sha Xiao Chu" which means the ability to dispel or eliminate obstacles, barriers, or crises.
Reverse: No inscription.
Item name: Fish shaped Amulet Charm
Price: US$ 95
Dimension: mm
Remarks: This charm is in a shape of a carp fish.

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About Chinese charm, amulet & talisman

Charm, amulet, and talisman have very similiar meaning. The differences are rather subtle. Charm is an object, an act, or words believed to have special power. Besides being worn as a fashion accessory, a charm is also often worn to attract good luck. Amulet is a kind of protective charm or ornament worn for protection against negative energy, evil spirits, illnesses, and/or the supernatural. Talisman is used to attract a particular benefit to the owner. A talisman must be consecrated and charged in order to fill it with specific power and energy of its intended use. Taoist uses charms such as amulets and talisman. Charms may be made of wood, metal,ivory or paper. On these are spiritual message to evil spirits adjuring them not to harm the bearer of these charms. In some cases, the writing is done in "ghost script" - a form of writing with characters bearing certain similarity to ordinary Chinese scripts but are only understood fully by Taoist adepts or spirits.

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About Taoism

After Confucius, the most influential philosopher of ancient China was Lao Tzu ( B.C. 770 to 476). Lao Tzu (meaning "Old Philosopher") formed the Taoist group who taught "Tao" (the way of nature) as a way of life. Taoism, or the Way, teaches its followers to live a selfless ,simple life in harmony with nature. To the Taoist, human beings is part of nature ,like everything else in this universe.

The symbol of Taoism is called the Tai-ji (or Great Ultimate) is a circle divided into 2 parts - the dark and the light. In the dark side appears a spot of white, while on the light side there is a dark spot. The dark side of the Tai-ji is the "yin" aspect representing the negative element. The light side is the "yang" aspect representing the positive element. The two opposites complement each other and neither one could exist without the other. Together, the two-in-one forms the "circle of rebirth" or the harmony of man and nature.

Another symbol of Taosim are the Eight Trigrams (an eight sided figure that wards off evil), old brass mirrors (that deflect evil) and a tiger claw (symbol of courage and fortification).

Taoists believed that death is not the end of life. When death occurs, it is treated as the continuation of life into another phase; the phase of the soul. That is why Taoist perform rituals for the dead. These rituals are to help guide the wondering soul to its new home. It is obligatory for the descendents to offer prayers and acts of penance for the dead. In return, the ancestors' soul will be watching over them.

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