The features of the dish are symbolic of life. The yin yang catfish motif: the yin, the dark swirl, is associated with shadows, femininity, and the trough of a wave repeated in the foot. The yang, the light swirl, represents brightness, passion and growth. The Bagua are eight symbols used in Taoist cosmology to represent the principles of reality. Eight interrelated ideas, seen as three lines, each line either ‘broken’ or ‘unbroken’, or symbols wrapped in ribbon, respectively representing yin or yang, with opposites facing each other: heaven and earth, mountain and lake, water and fire, thunder and wind. Life described in the decoration on a dish.