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Bamboo in Chinese art is a symbol for a man with humbleness in quality.

When bamboo is painted together with pine trees and/or plum blossoms, it symbolises as one element of the ‘three friends in the winter’.

The pronunciation of bamboo in Chinese is ‘zhu 竹’ which can serve as a pun on ‘zhu 祝’ for the verb ‘to wish’.

 

Related Pun Rebus:

Sending you a safe-and-sound message 竹报平安

 

Acknowledgement:

Fig 1: porcelain cup, Yongzheng period (1723-35), Qing dynasty, courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

Fig 2: enamel-decorated porcelain bowl, Yongzheng period (1723-35), Qing dynasty, courtesy of the National Palace Museum, Taipei

Fig 3: enamel-decorated porcelain dish, Yongzheng period (1723-35), Qing dynasty, courtesy of the National Palace Museum, Taipei

Fig 4: enamel-decorated porcelain bowl, Yongzheng period (1723-35), Qing dynasty, courtesy of the National Palace Museum, Taipei

Fig 5: porcelain cup, Yongzheng period (1723-35), Qing dynasty, courtesy of the National Palace Museum, Taipei

Fig 6: pair of teabowls, Yongzheng period (1723-35), Qing dynasty, courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago

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