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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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Chinese Jade Carving of a Fish
Dec 04, 12:00 PM EST
Chinese Jade Carving of a Fish
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$1000 Bids
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Qing dynasty, Carved fluorite crystal fish “Boy sitting on the head of the Ao”
Dec 04, 11:00 AM EST
Qing dynasty, Carved fluorite crystal fish “Boy sitting on the head of the Ao”
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $4,000- $10,000
$2000 Bids
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ANCIENT DONG SON BRONZE FISH
Dec 11, 12:00 PM GMT
ANCIENT DONG SON BRONZE FISH
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £300- £600
£1800 Bids
Contemporary Chinese Carved Wood Fish Statue
Nov 29, 12:00 PM EST
Contemporary Chinese Carved Wood Fish Statue
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $80- $125
$500 Bids
CHINESE TIANHUANG STONE FISH
Dec 09, 9:30 AM EST
CHINESE TIANHUANG STONE FISH
by Merces Gallery LLC
Est: $3,000- $7,000
$1,7000 Bids
CHINESE HETIAN JADE FISH
Dec 08, 9:30 AM EST
CHINESE HETIAN JADE FISH
by Merces Gallery LLC
Est: $1,200- $3,000
$7500 Bids
CHINESE HETIAN JADE FISH
Dec 08, 9:30 AM EST
CHINESE HETIAN JADE FISH
by Merces Gallery LLC
Est: $2,500- $6,000
$1,4000 Bids
CHINESE HETIAN JADE FISH
Dec 08, 9:30 AM EST
CHINESE HETIAN JADE FISH
by Merces Gallery LLC
Est: $1,400- $3,500
$9000 Bids
CHINESE HETIAN JADE PLAQUE WITH CARVED 'FISH'
Dec 08, 9:30 AM EST
CHINESE HETIAN JADE PLAQUE WITH CARVED 'FISH'
by Merces Gallery LLC
Est: $3,500- $9,000
$2,2500 Bids
CHINESE HETIAN JADE ORNAMENT WITH CARVED 'FISH'
Dec 08, 9:30 AM EST
CHINESE HETIAN JADE ORNAMENT WITH CARVED 'FISH'
by Merces Gallery LLC
Est: $3,000- $7,000
$1,7000 Bids
CHINESE HETIAN JADE FISH
Dec 08, 9:30 AM EST
CHINESE HETIAN JADE FISH
by Merces Gallery LLC
Est: $3,500- $9,000
$2,5000 Bids
CHINESE JADEITE FISH
Dec 08, 9:30 AM EST
CHINESE JADEITE FISH
by Merces Gallery LLC
Est: $600- $1,500
$4000 Bids
Large old Chinese Amber Carvings with Fish , lotus an ruyi
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Large old Chinese Amber Carvings with Fish , lotus an ruyi
by Washingtonian Auction
Est: $3,000- $4,000
$500 Bids
STATUETTE
Dec 05, 2:00 PM CET
STATUETTE
by Tajan
Est: €100- €150
€900 Bids
A Chinese hardstone model of a goldfish on a wooden base. 8.5 cm long.
Dec 03, 10:00 AM GMT
A Chinese hardstone model of a goldfish on a wooden base. 8.5 cm long.
by Rowley Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers
Est: £40- £60
£400 Bids
Chinese Wood Carving, Lotus Blossoms And Fish C. 1900, L 17''
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
Chinese Wood Carving, Lotus Blossoms And Fish C. 1900, L 17''
by DuMouchelles
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
White Jade Twin-Fish Ornament
Dec 09, 1:00 PM PST
White Jade Twin-Fish Ornament
by China Arts Auction
Est: $15,000- $20,000
$1,5000 Bids
Chinese Jade Fish
Dec 03, 1:00 PM EST
Chinese Jade Fish
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
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HETIAN JADE FISH ORNAMENT
Dec 01, 11:00 AM EST
HETIAN JADE FISH ORNAMENT
by Empire Auction House
Est: $300- $500
$2000 Bids
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HETIAN YELLOW JADE FISH ORNAMENT
Dec 01, 11:00 AM EST
HETIAN YELLOW JADE FISH ORNAMENT
by Empire Auction House
Est: $300- $500
$2000 Bids
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HETIAN YELLOW JADE FISH ORNAMENT
Dec 01, 11:00 AM EST
HETIAN YELLOW JADE FISH ORNAMENT
by Empire Auction House
Est: $300- $500
$2000 Bids
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HETIAN GREEN JADE FISH SHAPE ORNAMENT
Dec 01, 11:00 AM EST
HETIAN GREEN JADE FISH SHAPE ORNAMENT
by Empire Auction House
Est: $500- $700
$3000 Bids
A Jade or Similar Hardstone Fish
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
A Jade or Similar Hardstone Fish
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
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ANCIENT DONG SON BRONZE FISH
Dec 11, 12:00 PM GMT
ANCIENT DONG SON BRONZE FISH
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £300- £600
£1800 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Chinese Fish Statues


Merces Gallery LLC

Merces Gallery LLC

Empire Auction House

Empire Auction House

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Apollo Art Auctions

Apollo Art Auctions