Bone Archer's Ring

c. 1900
H: 1.25" Dia: 1.25"
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Hand-carved of animal bone, this late 19th-century archer's ring was likely worn by a gentleman-scholar in northern China. Typically carved of jade, Chinese archers wore these rings to protect their thumbs while drawing back a bowstring. Over time, these rings became fashion accessories and a decorative display of status. Rings made of rare organic materials such as horn, bone, and unusual gem stones were the most desirable. This stunning carved-bone ring remains a fashionable accessory even today and fits to ring size 13.

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