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Jade coloured laughing buddha with yuanbao/ingot; banner and coin holding porcelain figurines of mice, according to the Chinese zodiac’s ‘year of the rat’. A laughing buddha symbolises happiness, good fortune, life fulfilment and wealth, jade, “ The Stone of Heaven", ” The Imperial Gem”, is a material most highly prized, even above silver and gold; table top selling, street scene, China Town, Bangkok

Photographer:Valeska Gehrmann
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