Takahashi Biho_: Bat and Moon - Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Artist: Takahashi Biho_

Title: Bat and Moon

Date: early 20th century

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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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In China bats have long been considered lucky creatures because the written symbol for "bat" has the same pronunciation as that for "happiness." Consequently, bats are frequently featured in textile patterns and porcelain designs in both China and Japan. Since the perfection of the full moon is also viewed as an auspicious occurrence, the combination of a bat and the moon suggests exponential happiness.

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