Chinese Gold Coloured Resin Money Toad with "jewelled" eyes and back. This is a three-legged Money Toad resting on ingots with red "gemstone" eyes. Comes complete with a Chinese Metal coin for his mouth (Not Pictured)
Approximately 12cm long x 10.5cm wide x 9cm tall - Weight is around 200g
The Jin Chan also called Chan Chu is most commonly translated as "Money Toad" or "Money Frog". It represents a popular Feng Shui charm for prosperity.
This mythical creature is said to appear during the full moon, near houses or businesses that will soon receive good news (most of the time, the nature of this good news is understood to be wealth-related).
According to one Chinese legend, the Jin Chan was the greedy wife of one of the Eight Immortals, who was transformed into a toad as punishment for stealing the Peaches of Immortality.
It is usually depicted as a bullfrog / toad with flared nostrils and only one hind leg, sitting on a pile of traditional Chinese cash, with a coin in its mouth. On its back, it often displays seven spots symbolizing the Big Dipper, which plays an important role in Chinese astrology.
According to Feng Shui beliefs, Jin Chan helps attract and protect wealth, and guards against bad luck. Because it symbolizes the flow of money, Feng Shui lore insists that a Jin Chan statue should not be positioned facing the main door ("outward"). It also "should never be kept in the bathroom, bedroom, dining room or kitchen"