Thumb Ring

Thumb Ring

1736-95

Jade

Diameter: 2.9 cm (1 1/8 in.); Overall: 3 cm (1 3/16 in.)

Gift of Mrs. John Lyon Collyer in memory of her mother, Mrs. G. M. G. Forman 1970.142

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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.

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