Thursday, May 23, 2013


Period: Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911).
Date: 18th century.
Medium: Nephrite jade.
Colour: Greyish white with russet and grey.
Dimensions: H. 11.5 cm.; L. 24 cm.; D. 7.2 cm.

The composition of the carving is beautiful.  A pair of carp is a symbol for a harmonious marriage.  It is also a wish for many offspring because carp produce an abundance of eggs.

The lotus is a Buddhist symbol representing purity and detachment from worldly cares.  The Buddha is frequently depicted sitting on a lotus.

It signifies the seventh month of the lunar calendar.

The stem and pod together stand for marital harmony and sexual union.  As with carp, the lotus seeds are also a blessing for many children.