Full-relief Cat Shaped Ink Line

UnknownRepublic of China (1912–1949)

Zhenjing Traditional Woodwork Museum

Zhenjing Traditional Woodwork Museum
Shanghai, China

In ancient China, people believe that the cat is lucky and blessed as it has nine lives. The character "Cat" (猫, māo) has a similar pronounciation to "Octogeanrian" (耄, mào). This ink line therefore expresses the carpenter's wish for good health and a long life.


  • Title: Full-relief Cat Shaped Ink Line
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Republic of China (1912–1949)
  • Location Created: unknown
  • Physical Dimensions: h 6, d 18.5, w 5 cm
  • Medium: Whitewood

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