Primal Trek

Chinese Charm Articles

Introduction to Chinese Charms

Ancient Chinese Charms and Coins
Historical information and many images of old Chinese charms, coins, paper money, horse coins, and chess pieces

Types of Chinese Charms
Images of old Chinese charms covering many categories with detailed discussion of history and meaning

Emergence of Chinese Charms
The beginning of symbols appearing on Chinese coins

Inscriptions

Chinese cash coin
How to Read and Understand the Meaning of Inscriptions (Symbols) on Chinese Charms
Guide to reading Chinese character (symbol) inscriptions and legends on Chinese charms


Chinese Charm Inscriptions
English translation of inscriptions on Chinese charms

Chinese charm with coin inscription
Chinese Charms with Coin Inscriptions
Images and history of charms with Chinese coin inscriptions (legends)


Meaning of Chinese Charm Symbols

Chinese Charms -- Hidden Meaning of Symbols
Hidden or Implied Meaning of Chinese Charm Symbols

Chinese charm with dragon symbol
Ancient Chinese Charm Symbols:  Star, Moon, Cloud and Dragon
Ancient belief in Yin Yang and the Five Elements to explain star, moon, cloud and dragon symbols on Chinese coins and charms


Categories of Chinese Charms

Chinese house charm
The Chinese House, Good Fortune and Harmony with Nature
Feng Shui, charms and amulets in the siting, building and decoration of traditional Chinese houses
of Chinese Charms

Chinese auspicious charm
Chinese Charms -- Auspicious Inscriptions
Images, symbols and meaning of old Chinese charms for good luck, good fortune, wealth, longevity, family, promotion and honor



Chinese pendant charm

Ancient Chinese Pendant Charms
History, symbols, meaning and images of old Chinese charms of different shapes which were worn as pendants on necklaces or hung from the waist




Chinese Confucian charm
Confucian Charms
History and images of Chinese charms expressing the teachings and beliefs of Confucius


Chinese good fortune and longevity charm
Ancient Chinese "Good Fortune" and Longevity Charms
Old Chinese charms having 24 "good fortune" and 24 longevity characters


Chinese gourd charm
Ancient Chinese Gourd Charms
History, symbolism, meaning and images of old Chinese gourd charms




Chinese astronomy coin
Chinese Astronomy Coins
Chinese astronomy coins displaying the Milky Way, Big Dipper, star constellations, planets, the sun and the moon


Chinese five poisons charm
Chinese Five Poisons Charms and Amulets
Chinese charms of the Five Poisons to protect from evil influences


Chinese eight treasures charm
Chinese Charms -- The Eight Treasures
Chinese charms displaying the Eight Treasures such as the flaming pearl, lozenge, rhinoceros horns and ruyi


Chinese lock charm
Ancient Chinese Lock Charms
Images and historical information on old Chinese lock charms


Chinese fish charms
Ancient Chinese Fish Charms
Images, history and meaning of old Chinese fish charms


Chinese peach charm
Ancient Chinese Peach Charms
Images, history and meaning of old Chinese peach charms


Chinese Liu Han and Three-legged Toad charm
Ancient Chinese Charms -- Liu Hai and the Three-Legged Toad
History and images of Chinese charms displaying Liu Hai and the Three-Legged Toad


Chinese "men plow women weave" charm
Chinese Charms -- Men Plow, Women Weave
History, myth and images of Chinese charms related to rice and silk production


Chinese boy charm

Chinese Boy Charms
Charms with boy on top reflecting Chinese traditional wish for many sons




Chinese sword amulet
Swords and Amulets
Images, history, symbolism and meaning of Chinese swords and amulets


Unknown Chinese charm
Unknown Chinese Charms
Unidentified and unknown old Chinese Taoist and Buddhist temple charms


Bagua charms
Chinese Charms --The Book of Changes and Bagua
Chinese charms of the Book of Changes (I Ching) and the Eight Trigrams or Bagua (used in feng shui and divination)


Buddhist Charms

Buddhist charms

Buddhist Charms
History and images of Chinese Buddhist temple coins and charms



Chinese Buddhist charm with sanskrit characters
Chinese Buddhist Charm with Sanskrit Characters
Buddhist charm with inscription "a mi tuo fo" written in Sanskrit characters


Daoist Charms

Chinese Daoist charm
Daoist (Taoist) Charms
Images, history, symbolism and meaning of old Chinese charms with Daoist (Taoist) inscriptions


Laozi and Zhang Daoling charm
Laozi and Zhang Daoling Charm
Charm depicting Laozi and Zhang Daoling on "Crane Cry Mountain"


Daoist longevity charm
"Quest for Longevity" Daoist Charm
Charm with Daoist magic writing inscription which displays many traditional longevity and immortality symbols


Liao Dynasty Charms

"mother of nine sons" charm
Liao Dynasty "Mother of Nine Sons" Charm
A Qidan charm traditionally believed to represent a mother and nine sons but now thought to symbolize Emperor Taizu ascending to the throne by riding a dragon in a manner similar to the legendary "Yellow Emperor".

Liao Dynasty charm with Daoist inscription written in
            Qidan script


Liao Dynasty Charm
An unusual Liao Dynasty charm with a Daoist inscription written in Qidan small character script


Marriage Charms

Chinese marriage charm
Ancient Chinese Marriage Charms
Images, history, symbols and meaning of old Chinese marriage and wedding charms


Song of Unending Sorrow Charm
"Song of Unending Sorrow" Charm
A charm based on a poem by Tang Dynasty poet Bai Juyi describing the great love of Emperor Xuanzong and the beautiful Yang Guifei


Open Work Charms

Chinese open work charm
Ancient Chinese Open-Work Charms
Images of different types of Chinese Open Works Charms


Chinese pavilion open work charm
Chinese Pavilion Open Work Charm
Open work charm showing guqin player and weiqi (go) players in a temple theme with a bridge, pavilions, bamboo trees and longevity rocks


Zodiac Charms

Zodiac charms
Ancient Chinese Zodiac Charms
History and images of Chinese Charms displaying Zodiac Animals and the Earthly Branches


Chinese tiger hour charm
Tiger Hour Charm
Chinese "tiger hour" charm based on the "Large Coin of the Five Elements"


Kazakhstan Zodiac Charm
Kazakhstan Zodiac Charm
Very rare ancient zodiac charm discovered in Kazakhstan



Shui Nationality Zodiac Charm
Coins and Charms of the Shui Nationality
Very rare zodiac and double dragon charm displaying ancient pictographic Shui Shu (Shui Script) characters of the Shui Nationality


Charms Associated with Chinese Coins

Chinese coin with charm features


Ancient Chinese Coins with Charm Features
Images and history of Chinese coins with charm characteristics and features




Chinese charm with coin inscription
Chinese Charms with Coin Inscriptions
Images and history of charms with Chinese coin inscriptions (legends)


Chinese poem coin
Chinese Poem Coins
Images and history of Chinese poem coins and charms of Emperor Kangxi of the Qing (Ch'ing) Dynasty


Chinese peace charm

Ancient Chinese Peace Coins and Charms
History and images of Chinese peace (Tai Ping) charms and coins



Chinese spade charm

Chinese Charms -- Spade Charms
Images and history of ancient Chinese shovel and spade money and the evolution into a charm form




Chinese token
Chinese Tokens
Images and history of old Chinese tokens with charm and amulet features


Chinese bamboo tally






Bamboo Tallies
Images and history of the Chinese type of token money known as bamboo tallies












Chinese Charm Monographs

Chinese "treasure bowl" charm

Chinese Treasure Bowl Charm
The stories and symbols associated with the magical wealth-producing Chinese treasure bowl


Qing Dynasty Peace Charm

Qing Dynasty Peace Charm
Discussion of an extraordinary Qing Dynasty peace charm and a rare one hundred cash Xian Feng Zhong Bao coin cast at the Fuzhou mint.

Chinese football charm
Chinese Football Charm
An unusual charm from the Song Dynasty displays Chinese playing football


Chinese charm wishing for honorable sons, noble
            grandsons, glory, wealth and rank
"Cassia and Orchid" Charm
A rare Qing Dynasty charm expressing the wish that sons and grandsons will be successful in the imperial examinations


Chinese 12 character palindrome charm
Chinese Palindrome Charm
A rare palindrome charm from the Qing Dynasty made by one of China's ethnic minorities

Chinese "World of Brightness" charm
Chinese "World of Brightness" Coin
Several theories proposed concerning the meaning of this mysterious charm


Chinese charm with zither and grasshopper theme
Zithers and Grasshoppers
An unusual Chinese charm with zithers and grasshoppers expressing marital harmony and procreation


Chinese charm displaying bat, deer, crane and magpies
Good Fortune, Salary, Longevity and Happiness
A Chinese charm displaying a bat, deer, crane and magpies illustrates the Chinese fondness for visual puns and rebuses

Charm displaying a halbard, stone chime and
            sceptre


"Happiness According to Your Wishes" Charm
A Qing Dynasty charm that illustrates the Chinese love for visual puns




Four Happiness Boys

Four Happiness Boys
A good luck picture of two boys which gives the illusion of four boys and symbolizes the "four happinesses"


Eight bushels of talent
"Eight Decalitres of Talent" Charm
A Chinese charm with an expression originally referring to Cao Zhi, one of the sons of the Three Kingdom's warlord Cao Cao, but now used to describe a very talented or gifted person

Chinese charm displaying stars and star constellations
Chinese Star Charm
A charm based on the Song Dynasty "da guan tong bao" coin which displays star constellations on its reverse side


Charm displaying ancient Chinese weapons, Big Dipper
            and Eight Trigrams

Safe Journey Charm
A safe journey charm displaying ancient weapons, the Big Dipper and Eight Trigrams that is also believed to have been a secret "badge" that was carried by members of the "Boxer Rebellion" of the late Qing Dynasty

Chinese charm depicting King Mu of the Zhou asking for
            the elixir of immortality from the Queen Mother of the West
Royal Lord of the East and the Queen Mother of the West
This charm depicts King Mu of the Zhou (Royal Lord of the East) asking for the drug of immortality from the Queen Mother of the West

Huobu charm
Huo Bu Charm
Chinese charm based on the huo bu spade money of Wang Mang


Little Shoe Charms to Find Love
A small shoe charm to bring luck in finding a husband


Return to Ancient Chinese Charms and Coins