Symbols as in our Miao Lucky Charm models:

- Butterfly (model 20) : An old and very common symbol that suggests the meaning "great age" because in Chinese "die" also sounds like the word for seventy or eighty years of age. It is also a symbol for joy and marital happiness.

 

 

- Chrysanthemum (model 18) :

One of the four important flower emblems signifying autumn and a contented middle age.

 

 

- Cockerel (model 4) : Heralds the dawn and its crowing represents achievement and fame; it is the emblem of an official.

 

- Fish (model 2) :

A homonym for fish, "yu", means superfluity. Because fish are seldom seen alone, the fish is an emblem of wealth and abundance. Owing to its reproductive powers, it is also the symbol of regeneration and because it is happy in its natural habitat it symbolizes harmony and happiness. The dragon fish represents a carp changing into a dragon and is the symbol for the successful passing of an examination.  

 

- Horse (model 7) : This is an emblem of speed and perseverance. Only high officials were allowed to ride on a horse, hence it is

 also seen as a wish for high office.

 

 

- Peach (model 16) : The blossom is a symbol of springtime, marriage and immortality. The fruit is a symbol of longevity and said to be the food of life, especially of the Eight Immortals.

 

 

- Phoenix (model 11) : An ancient emblem signifying goodness and benevolence. It was used to symbolize the Empress of China and, on her wedding day, the bride. The phoenix is also a symbol of high achievement, as this bird can fly the closest to heaven.

 

 

- Sun (model 14) : A symbol of heaven and the emperor, and of intellectual enlightenment.

 

 

Other symbols from A to Z......

- Bamboo: This stands for longevity and courage in adversity, as it is an evergreen. Because it grows straight it is a popular symbol for   mandarins and represents an honest official.

- Bat: The homonym "fu" stands for both "bat" and "happiness", hence the bat is a popular symbol. Five bats shown together signify the Five Blessings: longevity, health, wealth, virtue and a natural death.

- Buddha's Hand: The name given to a citrus fruit, it resembles a hand with fingers outstretched to grasp money. It symbols wealth and divine protection.

- Cats: They have the ability to see in the dark, hence they can spot evil lurking. They were known as protectors of silk worms because they eat the rats that eat the worms. The word for cat, "mao", and for octogenarian are similar, so the cat is a wish for longevity.

- Cicada: Represents eternal youth and immortality.

- Clouds: Stylised clouds were a symbol of heaven and fertility.

They were useful as space fillers and to unify a design on embroidery or decorated furniture.

- Coins: A symbol of the desire for wealth.

- Crane: The crane is another longevity symbol as the bird is said to live for two thousand years.

A bird flying or looking towards the sun represents a desire to rise high in the government hierarchy.

- Cricket: This is a symbol of courage and of summer.

- Deer: The homonym lu also means an official's salary, hence it is a sign of wealth and achievement.

- Dragon:  The dragon is a benevolent creature and the emblem of imperial authority. It is also used in connection with marriage, as it is a symbol of male vigor and fertility, as well as symbolizing the emperor when it represents the bridegroom on his wedding day.

This celebrated symbol ranks first among all. The five-clawed dragon was reserved for the Emperor from ancient times until the end of the last dynasty. The four-clawed dragon associates with royalty and the three-clawed dragon with common people.

- Flames: Stylized flames often surround mythical and mystical emblems. They are used also to symbolize fire and consuming energy.

- Hundred Boys: This shows a wish for many sons. They are often used on bed hangings to encourage fertility.

- Li Shui: "Li shui", meaning "upright water", is the name for the diagonal bands at the base of the dragon robes and the lower part of insignia squares on robes.

- Lion: The lion is also depicted as a fierce animal which protects children from harm; it is often depicted in green.

- Lotus: The lotus is an emblem of purity, fruitfulness and perfection. One of the four important flower emblems, it symbolizes summer. It is also an important motif in Chinese art, where it represents the Buddha. It is the emblem of redemption and purity because it grows out of mud but its blossom is undefiled.

- Magnolia: blossom A symbol of female beauty.

- Mandarin duck: These are always shown in pairs representing male and female, and stand for marital fidelity and happiness. If separated, the birds pine away and die. It is often pictured with beautiful plumage.

- Mountains: A symbol of earth, steadfastness and longevity. They are one of the elements of the cosmos, together with "li shui".

- Narcissus: A sign of winter and of the Lunar New Year.

- Peony: Another of the four flower emblems, the peony signifies summer, love and affection. It also indicates a hope for greater advancement.

- Pine: One of the ten longevity symbols; because it is an evergreen it stands for long life, vigor, strength and vitality.

- Plum blossom: The plum blossom, or Prunus, is the last of the four flower emblems. It symbolizes winter and long life because the blossom appears on leafless branches. The delicate pink flowers with their five petals also epitomize beauty.

- Pomegranate: With its many seeds, the pomegranate symbolizes abundance and a desire for many sons.

- Qilin: A mythical composite beast with a dragon's head, a scaly body, a bushy lion's tail, a pair of horns and horse's hooves. It represents high rank and is thought to have great wisdom.

- Ruyi: This is a scepter and a symbol of rank, standing for "as you wish" or "all you desire".

- Sacred fungus: The linzhi represents eternal life and is one of the ten symbols of longevity. It is often depicted as an amorphous shape with holes and stripes in shades of blue.

- Shou: The character for long life can, it is said, be depicted in a hundred different variations. When combined with the bat it stands for long life and happiness.

- Shuangxi: Meaning "double happiness", "shuangxi" is depicted by the character "yi", "happiness" repeated twice; as such it is always associated with marriage.

- Swastika: In geometric designs we quite often see the Chinese Swastika. This signifies luck. It is also the character for the figure ten thousand. It can be represented singularly or continuously in border ornamentation meaning endless luck.

- Tiger: The king of beasts, a fierce animal which protects children from evil. Vase Stands for peace because the Chinese word "ping" is a homonym for peace; it is one of the Hundred Treasures, symbols of antiquity.

- Wan: One of the oldest design symbols in the world, said to have been associated with pre-historic shaman rituals. Often confused with the swastika, it is taken to mean "ten thousand years of long life".

- Yin Yang: A symbol of the interaction of opposites in nature. The light portion, "yang", signifies the male and odd numbers, while the dark side, "yin", symbolizes the female and even numbers.  «

 

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