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A bear or a monkey? Understanding the meaning of pictorial art in the light of Chinese pun rebus culture

When you mistake a motif in a traditional Chinese picture, you could have misinterpreted the meaning of the whole image intended by the ancient craftsman. Dr Yibin Ni has used the following example to illustrate the hidden meaning of a series of images in the context of Chinese pun rebus culture.

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Long-tailed bird. To be differentiated from other birds in Chinese painting, such as peacock, phoenix, rooster, quail, magpie, sparrow, etc.   Related Pun Rebus: May the country enjoy peace and good order permanently 长治久安

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