The lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) is a traditionally auspicious flower in China. It symbolises purity of mind and body and perfection. Arising from the murky, muddy darkness at the bottom of a pond, the beautiful and fragrant lotus flower lifts itself above the water surface; consequently it inspired people to continue striving, and to show their best face to the world. In a Buddhist context the lotus symbolised faithfulness, and the red lotus is associated with the heart. All of these pre-existing significances were perfectly congruent with loyalty to Mao Zedong Thought.
h. 26mm w. 19mm 1.5g