Shou (Chou)

One of many popular variations of the ubiquitous Shou or chou, a Chinese ideogram of ancient origin meaning “long life.” This auspicious symbol can be found inscribed on amulets, clothing, furniture, pottery, tools, decorative items, and, especially, wedding gifts, and is probably meant to represent the divine peach of immortality, the emblem of the God Shou-Hsing, who controlled human destiny.


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Pierre Mailloux November 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I have a very old chinese wood box carved with various symbols, I can identify bats, shou symbols, the bali swastika and some i cannot find, can you help if I send you pictures ?
Thank you

ze March 23, 2012 at 11:53 pm

it is also representetive of a bat, if you notice closer eitheir symbol is shaped like one,…i guess people already know the bat is a luck/longevity symbol for chinese and others asian alike.

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