P1040617b

W550xH400mm, China

The title for this wood block entitled, A Tank Full of Gold Fish, 金魚滿堂 (jin yu man tang).  Though gold fish is a popular pet for the Chinese, the blessing behind the cute gold fish is a play with homophone.  The words 金玉滿堂 also share the same pronunciation but instead of gold fish, the large space is filled with gold and jade.

It seems tremendously greedy to wish for a room to be filled with money, but throughout history China has been war, famine and hardship, a wish portrayed in the form of cheerful gold fish is for some the only thing that keep them going and maybe one day, they will have their living room filled with gold and jade.

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