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Oriental Art and Symbolism
Bamboo often features in oriental art. It symbolises
longevity and steadfastness. It is both long lived and
evergreen. Some painters have dedicated their lives
to solely painting bamboo.
Embroidered cranes form part of the regalia of top
ranking imperial officials. Cranes and storks symbolise
longevity and wisdom. It is fabled that when a crane
reaches 600 years old, it no longer needs to eat.
A phoenix is a symbol of joy and peace.
From Buddhism, the lotus grows in the stinking mud of
marshes producing pure white blossom and it symbolises
the transformation from evil to good.
Clouds are considered lucky. They bring rain. Dragons
playing in clouds are masters of water and rain.
Lion statues guard entrances to temples
Cherry blossom is associated with the beauty of youth.
Chrysanthemums, a symbol of joy.