for the Family Blessing
Human beings long to live long, healthy
and wealthy with their descendants prospering. Such longings of human beings
are materialized in the designs, decorating every part of life. For example,
the handles and legs of furniture are decorated with the Chinese character.
Peony flowers, the symbol of wealth, are either inscribed or embroidered into
the spoon bags, pouches, clothes, dishes and paintings.
The same were the symbols of fertility
such as eggplants and pomegranates. Various utensils were decorated with
designs of plants symbolizing longevity, blessing, wealth, and son preference.