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  • Woodblock print of a male and femal Mandarin duck among reeds.
  • Magnifying Glass

A Pair of Mandarin Ducks in Snow, Isoda Koryusia. Woodblock print, 18th Century
Often used in imagery at Chinese weddings, a pair of Mandarin ducks symbolize fidelity.
Victoria & Albert Museum, London/Art Resource, NY


Two Soles Together

Traditionally in Japan, marriages were arranged by the families of the bridal couple. Engagements were sealed with an exchange of gifts. Among the many gifts that a bride might receive could be a pair of double-soled zori. Unlike everyday zori, these had two soles that were bound together as a symbol of matrimonial harmony.