Koi (Nishikigoi): Glass Block Paperweight
Chinese calligraphy for "Koi (Nishikigoi)" in a heavy glass paperweight.
Inspirational Chinese calligraphy printed and sandwiched between two pieces of thick glass for an attractive desk ornament or paperweight. Lays flat or stands vertically. Double-sided calligraphy. Dimensions: 2.5” x 4” x 1” thick and weighs 13.5 ounces.
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.