In China, silver had been commonly adopted by the upper or middle classes as a major material for making decorative items, inter alias, women's accessories or seasonal presents. Other than their actual utilities, their exquisite workmanship, as well as the value of the material, also reflected the social standings of their owners. When in a hard time, if necessary, these luxurious silverwares could be considered a kind of sycee made in various features immediately became "money" aiding the emergent need.



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