Symbolic Meaning of Peach in Chinese Painting

Almost all traditional Chinese paintings are filled with symbolic meaning. It’s never just a painting of a waterfall, or embroidery of a “pretty phoenix.” If you’ve ever looked around in Chinatown, or observed Chinese paintings, pottery, clothing–even toys and dishes, you may have noticed a lot of peaches.

In China, peach is the wish for longevity. And it is regarded as a magic fruit and offered as a birthday present to the elders. Chinese ancient people believed that peach had the function of bringing auspiciousness and warding off evil, so peach has deep roots in the folk custom, the religion and the aesthetic standards. Images of Chinese peach paintings are supposed to attract long life and good health.

Peach - Chinese Painting

Peach - Chinese Painting

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