Origin: Zhejiang province
Early 20th century
Trays were popular for carrying cakes and sweets and presenting them to the host of a picnic or a private meal between friends. A well made tray with auspicious symbols showed respect and friendship.
This tray has carving of goldfish. The word for goldfish is a homonym of characters for gold and jade. The goldfish also brings to mind a popular saying wishing your house to be filled with riches.