Asian Antiques by Silk Road

Qing Bat Motif Mirror

Qing Bat Motif Mirror


browse these categories for related items...
Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Architectural Elements: Pre 1900: Item # 259258

Please refer to our stock # 58-38 when inquiring.
Silk Road Gallery
View Seller Profile
PO Box 2175
Branford, Connecticut 06405, USA
(203) 208-0771

Guest Book
 $450.00 
This 19th century Chinese carved wood architectural panel, once part of a large, richly decorated canopied marriage bed, has been fitted with a mirror. The gilded carvings of a bat and two fish on the lower part of the panel are examples of the use in China during the Qing Dynasty of symbols derived from homonyms to convey important wishes for the future. The similar sounds of the characters for "bat" and "happiness," both pronounced "fu," resulted in a fondness for bat carvings that were hoped would bring happiness to a household. The sound for the character for fish, "yu," and the character for abundance, also "yu," led to the use of fish carvings as emblems of wealth. Fish were thought to be particularly appropriate symbols for newly married couples because they were plentiful and so signified plenty, and also because they were said to swim in pairs. This panel, one of several with bat and fish carvings that were reclaimed from a large marriage bed, is in very good condition. Dimensions: height 42" (107 cm), width 14" (36 cm), depth 2" (5 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM