Qing dynasty Naturalistically worked in the form of fruiting branches issuing leaves and ripe rounded fruits, a bird standing atop one of the tree branches, its head turned left upwards and body flanked by feathery wings and tail. 4.9cm wide.
The three rounded 'longan' fruits are homophones of 'sanyuan', which represent the three top titles achieved after passing three Imperial examinations and the magpie is a metaphor of good news. The combination of the magpie with the fruits hence stands for bringing the good news of winning the 'three firsts'.
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