What is this Asian symbol?
June 6, 2013 1:07 PM   Subscribe

My husband has an old, broken jade necklace that I would like to replace. However, he doesn't remember exactly what it stood for, and I have no idea. A brief search has pointed me in the direction of long life symbol. Yet when I search for a long life symbol pendant, a million other things seem to come to the forefront instead of what I'm seeking. Can anyone offer their thoughts? Pendant in Question
posted by soleilMia to Grab Bag (5 answers total)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shou_(character) (for what it's worth)
posted by thirteenkiller at 1:11 PM on June 6, 2013 [1 favorite]

Thank you! This should help to narrow it down
posted by soleilMia at 8:36 AM on June 7, 2013

Because the character is so popular as a decorative motif, it appears in multiple forms, with calligraphers often producing 百寿图 (bǎishòutú) - 'Picture-with-a-hundred-shòu-characters' to showcase their skill in various styles - this image search should let you see some.
posted by Abiezer at 11:55 AM on June 7, 2013

Here is something similar from a store near my house: Jade Carved Circle. The website is lousy and hard to search, but they have an incredible selection.
posted by monopas at 4:10 PM on June 7, 2013

Abiezer, that was the exact problem I was running into!

monopas, you are correct, but a store and a close find are just what I needed. Thank you!
posted by soleilMia at 11:57 AM on June 9, 2013

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