The rat (鼠): savvy, resourceful, tenacious, resilient, active.
Western cultures tend to view the rat negatively, so to understand the rat’s revered first position in the Chinese zodiac, you have to think like a person in ancient China. Rats can climb over walls, squeeze into narrow spaces, and even swim. This athletic prowess enables their tenacious will to survive, a highly prized personality trait in a time when the living was pretty hard. If you have a rat visit you, that means you have a roof over your head and food in your home. Thus, the rat reminds us to count our blessings, even when the living is hard.
Hanzimals is a modern interpretation of the Chinese zodiac: an icon/illustration of each zodiac animal combined with each animal's Chinese character, presented as a single glyph. These museum-quality posters are printed on thick and durable matte paper.
- Paper thickness: 10.3 mil
- Paper weight: 5.6 oz/y² (192 g/m²)
- Giclée printing quality
- Opacity: 94%
- US orders arrive within 2 weeks
- Please read the shop policies! Refunds/returns only available if item does not arrive or arrives damaged