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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