Gold deer, anonymous, c. 1700 - c. 1799

Gold deer, anonymous, c. 1700 - c. 1799

gold (metal), h 18.6cm × w 13.7cm × d 6.2cm More details

The Chinese character for ‘deer’, lu, is pronounced in the same way as the character for ‘good income’. So the animal symbolizes the prosperous life that results from a successful career. In its mouth, the deer holds a lingzhi, the ‘mushroom of immortality’. Thus its auspicious message is extended to express the wish that financial fortune continue to be enjoyed well into old age.

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