The decoration on these jars is filled with symbolic meaning. The five boys represent the sons of Dou Yujun, all of whom achieved exceptional success and were known as the 'five dragons'. Two of the boys hold ruyi scepters. The word ruyi means 'as you desire' and represents the wish that all your desires come true. One boy holds a spear tied with a ribbon suspending a chime, which forms a rebus representing the wish that generations of the family celebrate success in the imperial examinations. Another boy holds a vase with a stalk of grain and a lantern. These elements form the rebus heping dengke, representing the desire for peaceful ascendency in one's official career. The last boy holds a lantern in the shape of a fish. The word for fish, yu, is a homophone for the word 'abundance'. The three rams forms the rebus sanyang kaitai, a portend to a bright future, while the bats, fu, represent blessings. The branches painted on the cover represent the 'Three Abundances' of longevity, blessings, and abundance of sons. In fact the mark on the bottom, linzhi chengxiang, was an ancient greeting used to wish couples the birth of a son, and often found on pieces decorated with boys and qilin.