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Item ref: AC 001.12 Obverse: The inscriptions read as "Tian Guan Ci Fu" which means "Tian Guan, one of the 3 deities of the Taoist pantheon, bestows Good Fortune"
Reverse: The inscriptions read as "Zhi Re Gao Sheng" which means " Rapid and Loftly Promotion"
Item name: Good Fortune Amulet Charm
Price: US$ 95 Sold
Dimension: 46 mm diameter
Remarks: Believed to bestow Good Fortune to the holder of this charm.
Item ref: AC 002.6 Obverse: The inscriptions (from right to left)"tian chang di jiu" means "as vast as the Heaven and as old as the Earth" ie Everlasting, Eternal. Unending.
Reverse:"chang ming fu gui" means "Longevity, Wealth and Honor"
Item name: Wealth Lock Amulet Charm
Price: US$ 70 Sold
Dimension: 62 mm
Remarks: Lock-shaped amulet is believed to safeguard & preserve the holder's wealth, luck, & processions.
Item ref: AC 003.8 The canopy with 3 eyelets indictates that is meant to be worn. Usually as a necklace or worn attached to a waist belt.
The single character at the top on both the obverse and reverse: "gua" means "to hang".
Obverse: read from top bottom right left: "chang ming bai sui" means " long life of a 100 years".
Reverse: "fu gui chang jiu" means "Wealth and Honor for a long period". NOTE: The character "fu" is intentionally written with a missing vertical stroke at the top which implies "unlimited" Wealth.
Item name: Pendant Amulet Charm
Price: US$ 125 Sold
Dimension: 72 mm (H)
Remarks: Believed to bestow the holder with Honor, Longevity, Wealth
Item ref: AC 004.5
Most open work charms are from the Ming Dynasty (AD 1368 - 1644) although some date back to as early as the Han Dynasty (BC 206 - AD 220).
The picture on each side of the charm is the same.
This charm has one dragon each on the right and left. They appear to be chaing each other around the central hole. There is a small flower (located at 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock position) between each head and tail of the dragon.
Item name: Dragon Amulet Charm
Price: US$150
Dimension: 60mm
Remarks: Double Dragon Open Works amulet.
Item ref: AC 005.6 Obverse: At the centre is a large Daoist magic character which means "Dead Ghost". Surrounding this magic character are 8 characters of which 6 are key characters (starting from the top going clockwise: "an ma ni ba mi hong" which compose of the Buddhist's famous mantra prayer which is said to contain all the teachings of Buddha. Buddhists believe that chanting this "Six Word Mantra" will bring forth the attention and blessings of Buddha.
Reverse: Read as "Chang Ming Fu Gui" which means "Longevity, Wealth and Honor". Surrounding is the 8 Trigram (Ba Gua).
Item name: Taoist Protection Amulet Charm
Price: US$ 125
Dimension: 58 mm
Remarks: This charm is unique as it displays both Daoist and Buddhist inscriptions.
Item ref: AC 006.8 Obverse: Read as "Wan Shi Ru Yi" which means "May everything goes as you wish or desire".
Reverse: Read as "Jin Yu Man Tang" which means "May gold and jade fill your house".
Item name: Lucky Amulet Charm
Price: US$ 95 Sold
Dimension: 42 mm
Remarks: Believed to bestow good fortune and great wealth for the holder of this charm.
Item ref: AC 007.10 Obverse: Read as " Zhuang Yuan Ji Di" which means "to be the top scholar or First Rank Scholar in the Imperial Examination".
Reverse: Read as "Yi Pin Dang Chao" which means "An official position of the First Degree in the Imperial Court.
Item name: Good Fortune Amulet Charm
Price: US$ 95 Sold
Dimension: 42 mm
Believed to bestow excellent examination results and high official position to scholar who hold this charm.

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About Chinese charms, amulets & 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. Amulets and talismans 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 amulets or talismans. 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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