The decoration on the present carving carries many auspicious greetings. The peaches are symbols of longevity, as they are associated with the Daoist deity, Shoulao, the god of longevity; while the five bats represent the Five Blessings of longevity, health, wealth, love of virtue and a peaceful death. Together, the bats and peaches form the rebus fu shou shuang quan, a wish for happiness and long life.
While a number of carvings 'peach and bat' groups have been published, it is rare to find one modelled as a water coupe. Compare a peach and bat group form the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 28 November 2006, lot 1398. Another sold at Christie's London, 3 May 1978, lot 154 and was recently exhibited by S. Marchant & Son, Chinese Jades from Han to Qing, London, 2005, Catalogue no. 9.