Endless Knot


Originated in India, the endless knot is one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism, symbolizing the endless wisdom and compassion of the Buddha. In Chinese decorative art, it has come to stand for infinity and longevity. The endless knot, pán cháng (盤長) is so called because it has no beginning or end . It is also a pun for “long” , cháng (長).


Terese Tse Bartholomew, 中國吉祥圖案:Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art, pp. 185, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco