Another lovely piece from the 1920 collection of the railroad employee in China, this handsome carved hardstone fish / dolphin measures approx 11 cms long x 4.2 cm high. From the other pieces in the collection, we are going to date this to the Republic Period, but possibly rather earlier.
“The fish 鱼 symbolises wealth, as yu for ‘fish’ sounds like the yu 馀 for ‘abundance and affluence’. It is also a sign of rank and a permit to enter the court precinct; consequently officials of the fifth rank and above wore fish ornaments during the Tang dynasty (AD 618-906). Due to its reproductive
success the fish also signifies marriage and the birth of many children." British Museum "Chinese Symbols"
Condition: minor loss to tail (please see photo), nice genuine wear, otherwise no damage, restoration or repair that we can spot.
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Chinese Carved Hardstone Fish 鱼