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 the harmful things such as: dangerous animals, poisonous bugs, evil spirts, etc. Presumably worn by children (Li, Min).

Iconographic meaning

Representation of five harmful creatures on reverse: three-legged toad, tiger, spider, snake, and centipede. One of the regional variations of representing the "Five Poisonous/Vicious" creatures.

Physical description

Round, round centre hole, inner and outer rims on both sides, characters and design on obverse, pictorial design on reverse; four characters in column left, figure right on obverse; animals including tiger, bat, spider, cock, and lizard on reverse.