Size: 31×8-17×5 cm ( 12.2×3.1-6.7×2 inches )
Handmade Large Gourd Ceramic Dinnerware
The gourd is popular as a charm to ward off evil spirits and disease because its first character (hulu 葫芦) has the
same pronunciation as the word to “protect” or “guard” (hu 护) and also the word for “blessing” (hu 祜).
The Chinese word for gourd, hulu (葫芦), has other auspicious associations as well. In some dialects, the character hu
(葫) has a similar pronunciation to fu (福) which means “happiness” or “good fortune”. Therefore, saying hulu (葫 芦)
for gourd would sound similar to fulu (福禄) which means “happiness and rank (as in attaining a high government
The Chinese consider the number “8” to be very auspicious and an omen for good luck. The gourd, as the gourd
charm below illustrates, resembles the number “8”.
The gourd was considered to have a magical power to protect Chinese children from smallpox. The custom was for
parents, on the last night of the year, to hang a gourd shell near where a child who had not yet had smallpox slept. It
was believed that the god of smallpox and measles would “empty” the smallpox into the gourd shell instead of the
child if there was one nearby. Should the child happen to come down with smallpox in the future, it was believed that
the illness would be less severe if the parents followed this custom.
尺寸：31×8-17×5 厘米 ( 12.2×3.1-6.7×2 英寸 )