Antique Ox Bone Chinese Emperor Figure/Pearl of Asian Necklace

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Antique Ox Bone Carved Chinese Emperor Figure with "Pearl of Asia" Necklace
Figure is fully carved and mounted on wood base
7 1/2" tall x 4" wide
Carved with Signature Chinese Symbols under base
To some research the figure represents Emperor Ch'ien-lung of China wearing the famous "Pearl of Asia" Necklace

Emperor Ch'ien-lung of China

Ch'ien-lung the fourth emperor of the Ch'ing dynasty, ascended the throne of China, on October 18, 1735, at the age of 24, after the death of his father, Yung-cheng. He was the eldest surviving son of Emperor Yung-cheng, and since childhood was given a well planned education, including teachings of eminent scholar Fu-min, in anticipation of his future role as the Emperor of China. Ch'ien-ling had some distinctive physical characteristics that was very favorable for his role as the absolute monarch of the Chinese nation. These were his extraordinary height of almost 6 feet, his slender build and upright posture, which he maintained even in old age. He married his first wife at the age of 16 years, in 1727, to whom he was deeply attached and by whom he had a son in 1730, who died in his childhood in 1738. Subsequently he took a second wife, and several concubines, by whom he had 17 sons and 10 daughters.
Pearl of Asia Necklace:
Origin of name

The "Pearl of Asia" believed to be the largest natural pearl in the world, with a weight of 600 carats, equivalent to 2,400 grains, has a history dating back to the early 17th century. The pearl as the name suggests was of Asian origin, discovered in the ancient and historic pearl fishing grounds of the Persian Gulf, somewhere between the late 16th and early 17th centuries. The pearl eventually entered the court of the Moghul Emperors of India, at the time of Emperor Shah Jahan (1628-1658), and subsequently passed through the hands of the King of Persia, Nadir Shah and later the Emperor of China, Qianlong, and reached the west only in the early 20th century. Thus during the course of the pearl's almost 400-year old history, it had passed through the courts of three of the greatest empires of Asia, the Moghul Empire, the Persian Empire and the Chinese Empire, lasting a period of over 300 years, and hence the name "Pearl of Asia" is indeed a true reflection of the origin and colorful history of the pearl

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