Antique Alive Mother of Pearl Cigarette Case with Koi Fish and Lotus Flower Design
This stylish cigarette case is ornamented with mother of pearl design of koi fish in a lotus pond. The design of the lotus, a symbol of Buddha's seat as well as the Western Paradise where Buddha resides, was used extensively for architecture, houseware and personal ornaments. As it is a plant that bears flowers and fruit at the same time, it was considered an auspicious symbol for those who wished to have children.
A favorite subject for arts and crafts in Korea and China, carp symbolize the success in life; this representation comes from a Chinese legend in which the fish became a dragon as soon as it arrived at the head of the Yellow River in spring. In Korea, it is also a symbol of filial piety following a folk tale in which a son searches deep mountain valleys in the middle of winter to catch the fish for his aged mother.
The elaborate adornment with the iridescence of mother of pearl designs makes it an impressive item for collection. The embossed pattern on the backside and inside surface, which helps prevent slipping, adds beautiful panache to this cigarette case. Read More