Pictorial Charm

About this object

History of use

Probably used for hanging or display (Larson, David). Used in gift exchange, display, or as a personal ornament during any auspicious social context such as New Year or birthday celebrations (Li, Min).

Iconographic meaning

Image on reverse, bat, represents "fu" or "happiness", and crane represents "longevity".

Physical description

Round, square hole in centre, inner and outer rims on both sides, four Chinese characters on obverse, design on reverse; animals including a bat top, and a crane right on reverse.