John Rogers: Hi I’m John. YuQing Zhao: I’m YuQing. John Rogers: And we’re here to day to talk to you about some more symbols that we found on smaller frankly household items. This panel that I’m holding in my hand was a fragment that was taken from a cabinet that was too far going to be restored. YuQing you want to tell us about the symbolism on this cabinet? YuQing Zhao: Sure the stuffs course on the panel there is a elephant and a acrobat. The elephant means wisdom and change so we like to use this on furniture of a time. John Rogers: So the second piece we have is a basket, and a basket is obviously four clouds surrounding a piece of calligraphy. YuQing what is that calligraphy mean? YuQing Zhao: Yeah, this character is double happiness so obviously this item is a gift to a newly married couple. Double happiness represents good fortune and long jeopardy. Also around this character there are some clouds it is abstract painting of a clouds, the clouds means wisdom and blessing. John Rogers: So again, even on a small piece such as this you have some real richness when you understand something about the symbols that are included on the pieces of themselves. Two more, YuQing what is this little animal and first of all what is this mode? YuQing Zhao: Yeah, this is a cookie mode we use this to make moon cake, moon cake is a thick cookie we always eat, we love to eat and this cookie mode is carve of animals and the animal is a bat, bat means good fortune because it has same pronunciation of Chinese character good fortune so we always to use bats to symbolize good fortune. John Rogers: And it is so interesting to me because in this country the United States bats are frequently fear but in China bats are considered a really good aspect of blessing. YuQing Zhao: Yeah. John Rogers: And the last one YuQing? YuQing Zhao: Yeah this is another cookie mode, we have a Chinese character in the middle and five butterflies around it. The Chinese character is long jeopardy and the other five butterfly’s means five elements and John you can talk it some more about that. John Rogers: Okay the concept of good fortune in Chinese war or literature is made up of five different elements, there is health, there is wealth, there is living a right old age, living a moral life and finally a natural death and a very old age. So again you see the opportunities to learn some more about Chinese that adds meaning in richness to the designs of what you own.