Lotus is an important motif of Chinese Jade蓮花是玉器的重要紋飾

15072120555222231.Han Dynasty Jade Container, 漢代建元銘文玉壼

2.Qing Dynasty Jade Container, 清白玉壼H.29cm

3.Han Dynasty Jade Tea Kettle 漢代龍紋執耳玉壼高28公分寬 22公分

4漢代蟠螭紋雙連玉杯, Han Dynasty Connecting Cup with Dragon Motif, H.31cm, W.20cm

Lotus or water lily is a plant symbolizing Buddhism virtue of purity. Buddhism was introduced into China about 67 AD in the Han Dynasty. As a result, lotus always is a popular motif of the Chinese jades  after the Han Dynasty. In addition, lotus is a very popular theme in Chinese literature and cultural objects.

蓮花在佛教中代表純潔, 尤其是蓮花被認為出於污泥而不染, 佛教在漢代由印度傳入中國, 在漢代以後的玉器, 蓮花便是重要的紋飾.宋朝周敦頤的〈愛蓮說〉云:「水陸草木之花,可愛者甚蕃。晉陶淵明獨愛菊,自李唐來,世人甚愛牡丹;予獨愛蓮之出淤泥而不染,濯清漣而不妖,中通外直,不蔓不枝,香遠益清,亭亭淨植,可遠觀而不可褻玩焉。」