Niao Yong Hua Zi

This tea caddy has panels representing the 4 seasons. Each panel has auspicious pairings of bird and plant symbolic to each season.

Spring, xi shang mei shao

After the cold winter, plum blossoms (mei hua) are among the earliest flowers to bloom in spring. The five petals represent the five blessings of happiness, wellbeing, longevity, fortune and peace. The magpies (xi que) are traditionally known as bearer of good tidings. A magpie resting on the branch of the plum blossom tree is a symbolic representation of the saying xi shang mei shao, describing being filled with joy and delight.

Summer, qi mei zhu shou

The bamboo represents continuous growth and the pursuit of excellence. Its Chinese character, zhu, also means blessings and good fortune. The black paradise flycatcher is a symbol of longevity. Together they represent the phrase qi mei zhu shou, which refers to marital bliss and good health.

Autumn, ju jia huan le

The humble chrysanthemum (ju hua) is symbolic of people with virtue, integrity and honesty. The pronunciation of this flower sounds similar to ju jia, which means the whole family. The siskin (huang que) bears a similar pronunciation to huan, meaning happiness. Together the phrase ju jia huan le denotes a harmonious family life.

Winter, song he yan nian

The evergreen pine (song), resilient and dignified, is the symbol of a noble mind and character. Together with the crane (he) they represent longevity. The phrase song he yan nian refers to dignity and youthfulness.

Specification: D9cm x H15.5cm, capacity 2 taels (approximately 75 grams)