Item410 Mahjong Earrings - 1 Bamboo - Black/White,Bone,Bam,Antique,Silver
About this Jewelry
These earrings are made from a pair of 1 Bamboo (Bam) Mahjong game tiles. The number one Bamboo tile features a bird, instead of bamboo pieces. Depending on which history of Mahjong you subscribe to, this bird is the either fanciest sparrow you have ever seen and is the mythical bird of 1,000 intelligences, or it's just a sparrow. I'll let you decide. Ultimately the name, Mahjong, although its etymology is quite convoluted, goes back to the Chinese word for a sparrow. These tiles are from an orphaned incomplete set black & white set that was made from Asian players.
Bamboo in Chinese culture represents beauty and elegance and has the characteristics of integrity and loyalty.
Each tile is about 1 inch tall, .75 inches wide, and .4 inches deep. The earring fish hooks are sterling silver. The earrings come in a bag with an information card. The last picture shows the front and back of the card in the bag.
About Mahjong Art by ChipScapes
Mahjong Art is made by ChipScape artist Steve Emery. Inspired by the complexity, beauty, and symbology of the Chinese game of Mahjong, Steve began exploring the artistic expression of this "Game of a Thousand Intelligences."
Chinese Majong game tiles are the focus of Steve's jewelry. Chinese artisans made these Mahjong tiles over a hundred years ago. The faces are carved from cow bone and dovetailed into bamboo backs. The pictures and characters were chiseled into the faces and hand-painted.
Have a Request?
I have a limited supply of Mahjong tiles, but please contact me if you want something not listed. I list most of the number 1s, dragons, flowers, and winds that I have. If you have a request for numbers (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.) and/or suits for earrings or necklaces, let me know.