Traditional Chinese Symbols

Chinese relics, cultural objects and embroideries are richly decorated with symbols reflecting the hopes, dreams, and accomplishments of the Chinese people.

    For most Westerners, this is a charming pair of toddler's shoes from the late Qing Dynasty.   But for the Chinese, the embroidery on these shoes shows the families aspirations and concerns  for the young boy's future.



  The keyed border represents a long life

   The onion...the boy should be smart

This particular bird is considered to be the "lucky bird".  The 3 balls represent the examinations which will determine the boys future place in Chinese society. 





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