Seated Twins (Hanshan and Shide)
Artist/maker unknown, Chinese
The words for lotus, box, harmony, and the verb to join are all homonyms (words that sound alike but are different in meaning) in Chinese. One of these cheerful deities holds a lotus flower and the other a box. Based on the T'ang dynasty historical figures Han Shan and Shih Tê, together they are a symbol of accord who reconcile friends and lovers and harmonize human relations.