The Tiffany studios collection of notable oriental rugs

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The Studios, 1907 - Antiques & Collectibles - 93 pages

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Page 18 - The stork (Chinese ho, Japanese tsuru) is one of the commonest emblems of longevity. It is said to reach a fabulous age, and when six hundred years old to drink, but no longer eat; after two thousand years to turn black.
Page 18 - The fong-hoang, a singular and immortal bird, lives in the highest regions of the air, and only approaches men to announce to them happy events and prosperous reigns. It is easily recognized by its carunculated head, its neck surrounded by silky feathers, and its tail partaking of the Argus pheasant and the peacock
Page 15 - Polyporus lueidus, which grows at the roots of trees. When dried, it is very durable, whence it has been considered by the Chinese as an emblem of longevity or immortality. Large specimens of the fungus itself, or imitations of it in gilt wood, are preserved in the temples, and representations of it frequently occur in pictures of Lao Tsze and the immortals. It may also be seen in the mouth of deer.
Page 13 - These animals are the rat, the ox, the tiger, the hare, the dragon, the serpent, the horse, the goat, the monkey, the cock, the dog, and the pig.
Page 15 - It is sometimes called Ling wan chon, or " the grass of the immortal soul," and is supposed to possess the same power as the elixir of life. TOBACCO. — Davis, vol. ii. p. 344 : " The tobacco plant " (see No. 386) " seems to be grown nearly everywhere, but has different degrees of strength, varying probably according to soil and climate. To the north, it is of a pale colour, and sold...
Page 18 - ... such a benevolent disposition, that it will not peck or injure living insects, nor tread on growing herbs. It has not been seen since the halcyon days of Confucius, and, from the account given of it...
Page 18 - Next to thefeng (phoenix), this bird is the most celebrated in Chinese legends, in which it is endowed with many mythical attributes. It is reputed as the patriarch of the feathered tribe, and the aerial courser of the immortals. There are said to be four kinds of ho, the black, the yellow, the white, and the blue, of which the black is the longest lived.
Page 17 - ... is pre-eminent among the feathered races;' the dragon and tortoise among the scaly and shelly tribes ; and man among naked animals! The naked, hairy, feathered, shelly, and scaly tribes, constitute the quinary system of ancient Chinese naturalists. The...
Page 29 - The character for happiness is considered to be very felicitous, and is much used as a symbol of good " (see outside cover). JOY. — Doolittle, p. 571 : "The character for 'joy...
Page 17 - Ki-Lis. (After a modern Chinese painting.) This peculiar species of word formation is adopted in other instances in reference to birds and animals ; thus we have the male Fung and the female Hwang united in the Fung Hwang, or so-called Chinese phcenix, and the Yuen and Yang in the Yuen Yang, or mandarin duck. Sometimes the word Lin alone is used with the same generic meaning. The...

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