Bowl with interior auspicious design of bats, Chinese, Qing Dynasty (1644–1912), with mark of the reign of Qianlong (1735–1796), 19th century, Porcelain with overglaze enamels
Although bats have negative associations in the West, in China they benefit from a lucky coincidence: the word for bat, fu, is pronounced just like the words for “blessings” and “riches” (even though the written characters are different). The red bats, seen here, are examples of another pun, as the word for red, hong, sounds like the word for “vast”; combining bats and the color red thus creates a wish for vast blessings and wealth. Furthermore, the group of five bats itself refers to the “Five Blessings”: long life, health, wealth, love of virtue, and a peaceful death.
My first stop into Song tea. What a beautiful shop. Was helped by a very well informed and friendly staff member Amanda. I’ll write up more once I spend some time with the teas I bought. #songtea #chinesetea #gongfucha