Chinese Onyx Goldfish

Vintage Chinese Hand Carved Onyx Black Moor - Pop Eye Goldfish

Age:Republic of China - 1940s

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Dimensions: 2-3/4”l x 2-1/4”w x 3/4”h

This beautiful black Onyx carving of a pair of Black Moor, also known as “Dragon eyes”, is a beautiful goldfish that is known for it's characteristic large and protruded telescoping eyes and unique physical body traits. Each face is sweet and quite expressive each having a deep body and long flowing fan-tails, some with veiled fins and some with broad, or short fins, like the "China doll". 

This small, beautifully detailed carving exemplifies intricate detail of the scales of the fish and their exceptional tails, giving the fish a feeling of movement, as each fish is entwined and slightly curved as if in a swimming mode. Originally, the Black Moor was bred in China in the early 1700’s which makes the Black Moor one of the oldest goldfish breeds to date. 

In China fish represents wealth and prosperity because the actual word in Chinese translates to “abundance”. Twin Black Moor swimming together is a strongest sign of wealth, abundance, but love and domestic felicity, partnership, tenacity, and fertility.

And finally, the Chinese believed in the power of black onyx which is considered very protective and grounding for its holder used especially in Feng Shui. This precious stone is known for the energy of strong support, stamina, and determination to help one's persevere. Onyx gives strength. It promotes vigor, steadfastness and stamina. Imparts self-confidence, helping you to be at ease in your surroundings. Onyx banishes grief, enhances self-control and stimulates the power of wise decision-making.

Condition:  Excellent and beautifully detailed as originally crafted, without dings, chips or missing elements.