In East Asia, elephants are highly regarded as tolerant, patient, and wise creatures. Their inherent strength, good memory, and protective instincts have earned them an elite stature in the animal kingdom.
The golden deer represents both longevity and wealth. The Chinese word for deer is "lu," and is homonymous for a "long and prosperous life."
Bamboo is analogous to someone of many virtues. Its hollow stem symbolizes a person's humbleness as well as an open mind. Its uprightness is considered an individual's strength and integrity.