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Chinese Fish Statues

Chinese fish statues are traditionally given as gifts with hopes of bringing good luck to the receiver. The Chinese character for fish, very similar to the Chinese character meaning “surplus” or “abundance," is an important symbol of luck and prosperity in Chinese culture.

According to Chinese mythology, a carp that is able to leap the falls in the Yellow River would be magically transformed into a dragon. This motif of a carp leaping out of water is typically used to symbolize success in civil service examinations that the Chinese took in imperial China in order to join the bureaucracy.

The fish motif, particularly that of a carp, also symbolizes perseverance as children grow and mature. A pair of carp, or koi fish, represents fertility as fish reproduce very rapidly and have many offspring.


Quick Facts

  • The scales of the mythological dragon are borrowed from the carp
  • The fish, magpie, lotus, and the Chinese character for “year” translate visually to mean having more happiness year after year
  • Having a Chinese fish statue in your home is thought to bring longevity because carp are able to live up to 75 years

Recommended Items at Auction

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19th Cent. Jade Two Tone Twin-Fish Plaque
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
19th Cent. Jade Two Tone Twin-Fish Plaque
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $200- $2,000
$1001 Bid
CHINESE YELLOW JADE FISH
Oct 28, 9:00 AM EDT
CHINESE YELLOW JADE FISH
by Ander's Auction
Est: $1,200- $1,600
$6000 Bids
A CHINESE CARVED DOUBLE FISHES JADE PENDANT
Oct 30, 8:00 PM EDT
A CHINESE CARVED DOUBLE FISHES JADE PENDANT
by NC Auctioneer Inc.
Est: $600- $800
$2000 Bids
Hand Carved Chinese Hetian Jade Lotus Pod & Catfish Pendant
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
Hand Carved Chinese Hetian Jade Lotus Pod & Catfish Pendant
by Quan Rong Gallery
Est: $600- $800
$1990 Bids
Chinese Natural Water Bile Agate Statue - Carp & Lotus
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
Chinese Natural Water Bile Agate Statue - Carp & Lotus
by Quan Rong Gallery
Est: $900- $1,200
$3990 Bids
CHINESE WHITE JADE FISH
Nov 05, 9:00 AM EDT
CHINESE WHITE JADE FISH
by Ander's Auction
Est: $700- $900
$3500 Bids
CHINESE WHITE JADE FISH ORNAMENT
Nov 06, 9:00 AM EDT
CHINESE WHITE JADE FISH ORNAMENT
by Ander's Auction
Est: $550- $750
$2750 Bids
CHINESE JADE FISH PENDANT
Nov 06, 9:00 AM EDT
CHINESE JADE FISH PENDANT
by Ander's Auction
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
Chinese black jade(?) carving & a green jade ornament
Nov 01, 2:00 PM PDT
Chinese black jade(?) carving & a green jade ornament
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $300
$300 Bids
Lot of 11 Chinese Carved Wooden Koi Fish Sculpture
Oct 30, 11:30 AM EDT
Lot of 11 Chinese Carved Wooden Koi Fish Sculpture
by Joshua Kodner
Est: $200- $300
$500 Bids
HETIAN JADE 'FISH' CARVING
Nov 02, 9:00 AM EDT
HETIAN JADE 'FISH' CARVING
by Merces Gallery LLC
Est: $3,000- $7,200
$1,5000 Bids
A Jade or Similar Hardstone Fish
Oct 31, 1:00 PM EDT
A Jade or Similar Hardstone Fish
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
A Chinese Resin Carp Fish
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
A Chinese Resin Carp Fish
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $20- $200
$200 Bids
Jade or Similar Hardstone Fish
Oct 31, 1:00 PM EDT
Jade or Similar Hardstone Fish
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $225- $2,250
$2250 Bids
A CHINESE PALE CELADON JADE 'FISH' CARVING.
Nov 19, 9:00 AM GMT
A CHINESE PALE CELADON JADE 'FISH' CARVING.
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£2000 Bids
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HETIAN JADE CARVED FISH VASE
Nov 01, 10:00 AM EDT
HETIAN JADE CARVED FISH VASE
by Empire Auction House
Est: $800- $1,000
$5000 Bids
JADE FISH
Nov 07, 1:00 PM CST
JADE FISH
by Treasure Art
Est: NT$0- NT$0
NT$10,0000 Bids
Chicken Bone Jade Carp Ornament
Nov 06, 3:00 PM PDT
Chicken Bone Jade Carp Ornament
by China Arts Auction
Est: $1,300- $1,800
$5000 Bids
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HETIAN JADE CARVED FISH ORNAMENT
Oct 28, 1:00 PM EDT
HETIAN JADE CARVED FISH ORNAMENT
by Empire Auction House
Est: $800- $1,000
$5000 Bids
HETIAN JADE 'FISH' CARVING
Nov 11, 9:00 AM EST
HETIAN JADE 'FISH' CARVING
by Merces Gallery LLC
Est: $2,250- $4,800
$1,2000 Bids
HETIAN JADE 'FISH' CARVING
Nov 11, 9:00 AM EST
HETIAN JADE 'FISH' CARVING
by Merces Gallery LLC
Est: $3,000- $7,200
$1,5000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Chinese Fish Statues


Ander's Auction

Ander's Auction

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Merces Gallery LLC

Merces Gallery LLC

Quan Rong Gallery

Quan Rong Gallery