Pictorial Charm

About this object

History of use

Probably used for hanging or display (Larson, David). An amulet used as part of ritual paraphernalia at the May 5th Festival to keep away harmful things such as: dangerous animals, poisonous bugs, evil spirts, etc. (Li, Min).

Iconographic meaning

Representation of five harmful creatures on reverse: a three-legged toad, tiger, spider, snake, and centipede. A southern variation of representing the "Five Poisonous/ Vicious" creatures in Chinese folk culture.

Physical description

Round, square hole in centre, inner and outer rims on both sides, four Chinese characters on obverse; design on reverse, animals including tiger, snake, and others, with leaves on top.