Koi (Nishikigoi): Glass Calligraphy Keychain
Chinese calligraphy for "Koi (Nishikigoi)" pendant on a keychain.
Nishikigoi in Japanese translates to "Brocaded Carp" and is used to describe the colorful carp commonly called koi. In Chinese (pinyin: "Jin Li"), the characters translate the same and they are an auspicious symbol that relates to having abundance. A legend states that a carp can become a dragon by navigating through the "Dragon Gate", a large waterfall in the Yellow River near Henan. It symbolizes that a common person can become great by his extraordinary accomplishments.
Approximately .75 x 1.25" rectangular metal bezel with thick glass front. The glass magnifies the calligraphy image slightly and the bezel's finish and thick casting gives it a vintage look. Keychain has lobster clasp, swivel, and key ring. Silk jewelry gift pouch included (random colors).
Choice of 3 metal finishes: Polished Silver, Vintage Copper, or Gunmetal Silver.