Foretelling fortune is important in Chinese culture, and there are many different ways to invoke good luck, from saying lucky words, using patterns and shapes to create an auspicious environment, to various rituals and behaviours. These beautiful photographs, expertly annotated, show patterns, shapes and objects that express good wishes, eliminate evil, invoke wealth or health, or give a warning.
An examination of traditional auspicious patterns from China in China, decorating with auspicious patterns dates back thousands of years and remains popular today. It has strong ties with tradition, and provides insight into Chinese philosophies about nature, religion, morality and government. This book examines traditional auspicious patterns as well as those that combine motifs from different categories.