This Jade ornament was made to be sewn onto clothing as decoration. Perhaps it showed status since Jade was expensive, probably reserved for high officials and nobility. After a bit of research, though I couldn’t find a picture to confirm it, I did surmise that the top hole was used to attach it to a jacket, worn to show rank. The lower holes could have been used for embellishment – perhaps for some high accomplishment (like the ribbons on a military man’s chest) or for years of service . I have used it as the focal point of this necklace, adding bead dangles to sway with the wearer’s motion. Please let me know if you find out what this jade piece was truly intended to be in China many years ago..
At any rate, I bought two such jade pieces and had fun trying to figure out what all the holes could be used for. A swag of tiny semi-precious stone beads, swinging from one bottom hole to the next would be a good design motif to try. I might also try another combination of beads with the other pendant, perhaps Olive Jade or even Lapis and Malachite. We’ll see. If you have an idea of how you would like to see the pendant used, let me know. I enjoy collaborating with the person who will be wearing one of my pieces. Silvercloud