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Jumping Over the Dragon’s Gate Chinese Paper-Cutting

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Destination: Malacca, Malaysia

Now here’s a paper-cut that won’t have you running to get a band-aid! Used both for ceremonial and decorative purposes, Chinese paper-cuttings are most often seen around the New Year. Koi fish symbolize strength and perseverance in China because they swim against the current, and this cutting in particular refers to the old proverb that if a Koi fish can swim up the Yellow River and jump over the falls at the Dragon Gate (aka Longmen Grottoes), it will turn into a dragon—which is basically another way of saying “work hard and you’ll rise up in the world.” We purchased it from our friend Ray Tan Aik Leng, a second-generation Malaysian, whose grandfather came over from China.


Before Ray Tan Aik Leng (“Ah Long” or “Dragon” to his friends) became a master paper-cutter, he sold t-shirts at a boutique, did some woodworking, and got greasy at a mechanic’s shop. He saved up for years to open ... Read More

Details and Dimensions

Framed between clear glass
12 x 12"

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