Armchair with Five Blessings motif
- 550mm wide x 430mm deep x 920mm high
This is a very special chair. The back has striking carving of five bats. The centre bat combines with other elements to form a long life character. The carving is a rebus of an idiomatic expression "wu fu peng shou" that means five bats touching longevity. The word for bat in Mandarin is pronounced "fu", a word that is a homonym for another character that means happiness or blessing. Five bats represent the Five Blessings of happiness, good health, love of virtue, long life and a peaceful death.
The arms display open carved scrolling vine and flower forms.