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Silk embroidered three legged lucky toad tassel charm


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Textiles: Pre 1910: Item # 1267317

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Beautiful and rare antique Chinese silk embroidered three legged lucky toad tassel lucky charm. 7 inches overall , 1" long the toad. Reference: three-legged toad who had the fabulous ability to whisk its owner to any destination.¹ This particular toad had a love not only for water but also for gold. If the toad happened to escape down a well, Liu Hai could make him come out by means of a line baited with gold coins. The Chinese word for "toad" is chanchu (蟾蜍). Sometimes, Chinese will only say the first character chan (蟾). In some Chinese dialects, the character chan has a pronunciation very similar to qian (钱) which means "coin". Therefore, a storyteller reciting "Liu Hai playing with the Golden Toad" could be heard by listeners as "Liu Hai playing with the gold coins".