Lotus (He Hua)

荷花

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One of the most commonly drawn motifs in Chinese traditional artworks, particularly favoured by scholars.

Lotus in Chinese can be translated into He Hua (荷花) or Lian Hua (莲花). The use of their images, however, are interchangeable.

Lotus flower, leave, stem and pod may all have different meanings. See examples below:

Lotus bouquet 一把莲

May you pass examinations all the way 一路连科

You are an honest and uncorrupted official in your entire career 一路清廉

Acknowledgement:

Fig 1: falangcai enamelled porcelain cup, Yongzheng period (1723-35), Qing dynasty, courtesy of the National Palace Museum, Taipei

Fig 2: copper bottle decorated with polychrome enamels, Yongzheng period (1723-35), Qing dynasty, courtesy of the National Palace Museum, Taipei

Fig 3: square porcelain vase, Kangxi period (1662-1722), Qing dynasty, courtesy of the National Palace Museum, Taipei

Fig 4: porcelain bowl, Qianlong period (1736-95), Qing dynasty, courtesy of the National Palace Museum, Taipei

Fig 5: glass snuff-bottle with painted enamels, Qianlong period (1736-95), Qing dynasty, courtesy of the National Palace Museum, Taipei

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