Posted 02 January 2011 - 11:08 AM
Posted 14 September 2012 - 04:27 AM
The material is hard to tell from a picture alone. The child on the carp might be plaster or clay, the lion might be porcelain. But as I said, it's hard to tell from a picture. Both seem to be new.
A child with a carp is a common motive in Chinese folk art. Carps might look similiar to goldfish, but can be recognized by their barbels.
The name for "carp" is "li" (鲤), which is homophone to "profit" (利). In the same vein, "fish" is "yu" (鱼) in Chinese, which is pronounced like to word for "surplus" (余). A popular Chinese New Year's saying is "every year there is fish" (年年有鱼), which means "every year you a have some surplus".
A child with a fish or a carp can be such a new years wish for abundance and wealth, or a wish for an abundance of descendants. The child seems to be holding wheat or something. Not sure about the symbolism in that.
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