The Ruyi in Chinese culture was used by ancients as a symbol of luck and prosperity.The literal meaning of Ruyi in Chinese means"as one wishes" A traditional Ruyi has a long-shaped handle and a head fashioned like a fist, cloud, or lingzhi mushroom.Ruyi’s were carved from precious stones and metals and often given as prizes to emperors and subjects alike. Emperors were known to carry Ruyi scepters made with jade while the more common folk used Ruyi's carved from wood.
The Chinese coin or cash with round edges and a square center have been used in China as the basic form of currency for thousands of years. It is a denomination of either copper, sliver or gold signifying its worth in weight or taels. It is typically a circular shape with a square center opening thus making them easily bound together on a string. A common expression and type of usage is a string of the Chinese. The Chinese believe that one must be round and without edges. To avoid conflicts, to abide by our customs to treat others smoothly and courteously. The center signifies the discipline to ones personal self. To be smooth and lenient on the outside towards others but to be harsh and disciplined on the inside to one's self. It also has significance in representing heaven and earth, the Chinese believe the sky is round and the land beneath our feet is square.
The "Bian Zhong" or Chinese Chime Bell is an ancient Chinese instrument that dates back to almost 4,000 year ago. It was one of the first instruments to be used in court across ancient China. They were fabricated with bronze and were able to be played as polyphonic musical instruments. Hung on wooden frames and struck with mallet some Bian Zhong's were able to hit a twelve-tone scale-pre-sound and play melodies in diatonic scales using this system.
The Chinese word Fu means prosperity, luck and longevity. It has become synonymous with the Chinese Lunar New Year. Families and business hang the word Fu in their homes and place of business to represent our wish for a prosperous and lucky new year to come.
The Chinese word Xi means Joy and describes one of the seven Chinese Emotions-being Anger, Fear, Fright, Grief,Worry,Pensiveness and Joy. It can mean either joy, bliss, happiness, or luck. Imperial Taels has combined these two lucky words together in an abstract manner to depict a special word for anything joyous.
The tree Peony, Paeonia Suffruticosa, or"Mu Dan Hua"is a species of peony indigenous to China. The Mu Dan first gained prominence in China around 1,000BCE, but it wasn't until the seventh century, during the reign of Emperor Yang (605-617) of the Sui dynasty did it become an sought after ornamental plant. During the T'ang dynasty that followed, the Mu Dan was planted throughout the imperial palaces and soon became a symbol of social stature and often included in dowry settlements. Around the 10th century the Sung Capital of Luo Yang became the center of Peony culture to wealth, fortune, luck, prosperity and even a symbol of happiness. It has been called the Rose of China.