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Fish Motifs Found in Chinese Design
and Peony Flowers. Paintings with fish and peony have a profound
meaning. The peony is a symbol of wealth and rank and the fish
a symbol of surplus and abundance.
Fish and Peony. The fish symbolize auspiciousness and peony in
full bloom imply vigor and vitality that will bring happiness
and wealth to people.
Battling Waves and Contending for a Pearl. Two fish symbolize
auspiciousness and the pearl symbolizes treasure. The waves symbolize
"many" or "much." The design implies a brisk
business and flourishing wealth, making a fortune with plentiful
pair of fish swimming in the company of other fish symbolize love
between a husband and wife.
Fish Leaping Over Dragon's Gate. Legend says that if a Koi Fish
can swim up the Yellow River and leap the falls at Longman's Dragon
Gate it will become a dragon. This saying was an analogy for common
Chinese people who were promoted to higher official positions
through the civil service exam. Now days it is used to encourage
people to better there careers and living conditions through great
effort and hard work.