A Pair of Guangcai Porcelain Plates with Magpie, Plum Blossom and Narcissus
Magpies were seen as happy messengers by the ancient Chinese, reflected in the Chinese word for magpie, meaning ‘bird of happiness’. Two magpies together mean ‘double happiness’, while the Chinese word ‘eyebrow’ is a homonym with ‘plum’, thus the image of two magpies resting on a plum tree symbolize ‘happiness jumps onto the eyebrow’, which can be pictured as a joyful face. The love for magpies has been passed down since ancient times.Every time we see a magpie on the plum tree, we know good fortune and happiness will follow.
K11 Craft & Guild Foundation
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