Antique Chinese Carved Hand Of Buddha - Citron. Fitted Wood Stand. Finely Carved With A Very Soft Polish And Silky Patina. Ming Dynasty. Deep Celadon And Brown Coloration. Minor Chip At Base. Approximately 3 1/4" Long x 1 3/4" Wide x 1" Deep - Not Including Wood Stand.
HIDDEN MEANING: May you have blessings and longevity (duofu duoshou 多福多壽)!
The Buddha’s-hand citron (foshou 佛手; Latin botanical name Citrus medica "Sarcodactylis") takes its common name from its shape, which resembles the Buddha’s idealized lotus-shaped fingers. Though not edible unless preserved with salt or sugar, the fruit has a strong fragrance and is used as an altar offering during the New Year celebration.
The word for this fruit is a pun for "blessings and longevity" (fu 福 and shou 壽).
The Buddha's-hand citron (foshou) is a visual pun for blessings and longevity. The fruit itself is used medicinally and is believed to have health-giving qualities.