We share an artwork from our collection in humble observation of yesterday’s historic occasion. These are jade Mandarin Ducks. The waterfowl are thought to mate for life, so in Chinese culture they symbolize an affectionate couple living in harmony. This is why Mandarin Ducks are popular motifs for weddings.
Here, these jade ducks form an inseparable pair. The duck in front looks back toward its mate, as both hold the same blossoming lotus stalk (lotus is a homonym for “harmony) in their beaks. It is this remarkable attachment to each other that has made these creatures symbols of marital bliss.