China Fine Art and Meanings?
As many of our beading friends asked for the meaning of China fine art, this is what I know and hope to share...
Gold Abacus: symbolizes good luck and wealth. The world's first computer aka the abacus. The abacus is divided between Heaven and Earth with one Earth bead and the five Heaven beads, representative of the five elements: WATER, FIRE, EARTH, WOOD, and GOLD.
The Seismograph: a large bronze urn with eight mobile dragon heads. The mechanism was a complex balance of gears and a pendulum which would drop a ball into a dragon head which would fall into the mouth of a corresponding toad shaped cup beneath to indicate the exact direction of an earthquake hundreds of miles away.
Five Blessings Tea Set: our favorite tea set of all time. The tea set is created to gather the five greatest blessings for you: LONGEVITY, PRESTIGE and WEALTH, GOOD HEALTH, COMPASSIONATE HEART, and PEACEFUL DEMISE.
Silver Raft Cup: a Chinese tradition that poets and creative intellect possess beautiful cups to drink from.
Lucky Money Frog: JJB loved by our customers and family alike. It brings good fortune, protects wealth and drives away evil spirits, charms for prosperity, luck and longevity.
Tiger Tally, Hu Fu: a symbol of NOBILITY, STRENGTH, POWER, DIGNITY, STOICISM, and COURAGE.
Sovereign Seal: symbolized "God given power" to rule the world and symbolizes "new emperor" and their ultimate power in their area of expertise, sphere of influence, or domination of power.
Lucky Rabbit Keys: a symbol of WEALTH, HEALTH, PROMOTION, and HAPPINESS.
The Dragon: symbolizes POWER, GOOD LUCK, and MASCULINITY.
The Phoenix: symbolizes FEMININITY, GOOD LUCK, JUSTICE, and FIDELITY. Together, the Dragon and the Phoenix are commonly used symbols in Chinese weddings.
Please feel free to notify us of any China fine art meanings you would like for us to define in the future!
Written by Agnes Chang