Chinese Porcelain Decorative Patterns - Shou Character

This character often appears in medallion form in Chinese art. The character means longevity and has become a decorative symbol for longevity as well. In Chinese art, these three concepts are visually presented as three star gods bearing the same names of Fu, Lu, and Shou. The Shou symbol is usually found on objects such as textiles, furniture, ceramics and jewelry. The three symbos, and the most important concepts in Chinese culture are the symbols of Fu, Lu and Shou. Each of these as individual symbols represent important aspects of life, such as prosperity, luck and longevity. Combined, these three forces are what guide life and were considered important symbols.