The arts of China and Japan are rich with auspicious symbols that express the desire for longevity, wealth, harmony in marriage, high position and numerous offspring. Motifs such as peaches and plums, cranes and turtles decorate the surfaces of porcelain and textiles, while decorative objects of jade and bronze often take the shapes of these luck-bringing plants and animals. This installation unlocks the hidden meanings of unusual motifs such as the upside-down bat and the oddly shaped citron known as the "Buddhaâ€™s Hand." Surround yourself with wishes for happiness, long life, and the continuous birth of children, and may the "five good fortunes" find you.
–Catherine Roche, Curatorial Research Associate for Japanese and Korean Art
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Covered dish in the form of a Buddha's hand citron, 18th–19th century, Chinese, nephrite, 3 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 3 1/4 in., Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection, 33.1057