Famille Rose Dish With Peaches And Bats
Jingdezhen ware, Qing Dynasty, Yongzheng reign (1723 - 1735)
In China, unlike in the West, the bat was an auspicious symbol. The words for "bat" and "happiness" are pronounced the same (fu) in Chinese, so bats appear on Chinese porcelains as a rebus or visual pun suggesting wishes for happiness. Since peaches symbolize long life (previous page), the peaches and bats together on this plate mean a wish for "happiness and long life."