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21st Feb., 2013 Vickie Tseng


May money and treasure be plentiful

YUANBAO ~ The most common shape of a yuanbao is boat shaped, elliptic, oval, with a circular or oval little bump in the middle.
A yuanbao is a small metal ingot that was used in ancient China as money. Being made out of silver or gold, the value was determined by weight in tales,
which is a weight measurement, part of the Chinese system of weights and currency.
Yuanbaos were made by individual silversmiths for local exchange. Hence, the shape and amount of each yuanbao/ ingot were highly variable.
The amount of each yuanbao/ ingot was detailed on its bottom, while the most common shapes were oval or square, but "boat", flower, tortoise and others shapes were known as well.
Today- except for the fact that the Chinese currency is still called ‘yuan’ and ‘yuan’ translates to ‘round’- as in the shape of a coin- imitation yuanbaos are a symbol of prosperity, income and /or wealth,
frequently seen as design or decoration on items in connection with Chinese New Year.

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Bill Miller23-Feb-2013 14:35
A very lovely gold design.
Graeme23-Feb-2013 12:01
Great source of information about Yuancao, Vickie. Terrific picture as well to go with it.BV
Mike H.23-Feb-2013 00:22
Nicely photographed in this light; enjoyed learning about Yuanbaos!!
gilles Tardif22-Feb-2013 23:35
Superbe, beaux détails Vickie
woody3422-Feb-2013 23:06
A beautiful shot, you have captured that treasure in great detail and colour...V
fotabug22-Feb-2013 22:02
Gorgeous photo, and with an iPhone. You sure do well with it!
Ken Chambers ARPS22-Feb-2013 21:33
Beautiful Golden Treasure Vickie
Guest 22-Feb-2013 20:31
Very beautiful. Wonderful craftsmanship is evident here.
Stephanie22-Feb-2013 19:28
What a beautiful vessel! Interesting info too! V
Nestor Derkach22-Feb-2013 18:30
This is so sharp I feel that I can reach in touch it Vickie.
Amazing photograph.
joseantonio22-Feb-2013 17:23
This is a magnificent treasure..V.
Martin Lamoon22-Feb-2013 17:05
This is a wonderful piece of artwork, Perfectly photographed. v+
Walter Otto Koenig22-Feb-2013 16:51
Great details and decorations on this beautiful object. Very interesting information too. "V"