In China, wedding gifts bearing designs and images of a pair of carp are given to newlyweds as symbols of the joys of union and a wish for a happy marriage and prosperity. This gyotaku composition contains the classic Chinese expression wishing a long and happy union: “ai he yong yu” (literally “love river forever swim”). These two fish were printed on Thai amber lace paper, which contains light colored fibers.
Size: 28 x 20 inches (2005)
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