Cream papercut depicting two mandarin ducks in a lotus pond within a lotus panel; done by knife-cutting technique, pasted on black paper. Mandarin duck (yin yan) in pairs are traditional associated with marital devotion and affection in China. If they appear in a lotus pond they symbolise marital harmony and the bearing of many sons, as the lotus has many seeds.
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