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Collection Online as of June 24, 2024

Thumb Ring

Thumb Ring

(1644-1911) or Republican period (1912-49)
Diameter: 3.4 cm (1 5/16 in.); Overall: 3 cm (1 3/16 in.)
Location: not on view


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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