Pictorial Charm

About this object

History of use

Probably used for hanging or display (Larson, David). Used on festive occasions such as: birthdays, New Year, etc. (Li, Min).

Iconographic meaning

A double coin (one with inscriptions and symbols repeated), represents complete fulfilment - a wish for both longevity and happiness. Two bats symbolize happiness, two peaches, longevity. On the reverse are crane, pine, and deer. The crane nd the pine tree symbolize a happy life as a revered elder (these animals and trees were companions of the immortals and sages). The deer represents promotion in administrative career in imperial government (Li, Min).

Physical description

Round, round centre hole, inner and outer rims on both sides, eight characters and design on obverse, design on reverse; eight characters and eight precious objects around charm on obverse; pictorial design including crane, tree, deer, and phoenix ? on reverse.