Koi are ornamental domesticated varieties of the common carp that are kept for decorative purposes in outdoor ponds and water gardens. Koi were developed from common carp in ancient China in Jin Dynasty and were later transferred to Korea and Japan, and are still popular there because they are a symbol of love and friendship. Today they are to be found in most pet shops and specialized breeders have even produced examples that have reached prices of $125,000.
The two varieties of Koi depicted in this piece are the most highly appreciated by breeders, Kohaku (with red patches) and Sanke (with red and black patches).
A koi with a wonderful color pattern but without the correct body and fine skin quality is of little value, and it is for this reason that the Lladró artists, after thorough prior study and documentation, demonstrated what we could consider the ideal of perfection for each one of these koi.
The water lily plant has been have been faithfully reproduced, with the remarkable water lilies crowning the piece and the vegetation wafting in the gentle current caused by the carps swimming by.