Lotus (Lian Hua)

莲花

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Lian Hua (lotus) is also called ‘he hua (荷花)’. It is different from ‘shui lian (睡莲, water lily)’ which is another kind of water plant.

The first character of lotus in Chinese, ‘lian (莲)’, has been used to pun for ‘lian (廉)’ which means being fair and uncorrupted in one’s official position.

Twin-headed lotus flower (‘bing di lian 并蒂莲’) refers ‘a loving relationship’. See ‘并蒂双贵’ (May you couple live a harmonious life and enjoy prestige).

 

Related Symbol:

Lotus bouquet 一把莲

Related Pun Picture:

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

 

Acknowledgement:

Fig 1. porcelain vase, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), courtesy of the National Palace Museum, Taipei

Fig 2. blue-and-white porcelain bowl, Yongle period (1403-24), Ming dynasty, courtesy of the National Palace Museum, Taipei

Fig 3. enamel over glass snuff bottle, Qianlong period (1736-95), Qing dynasty, courtesy of the National Palace Museum, Taipei

Fig 4. blue-and-white lidded porcelain vase, Yongle period (1403-24), Ming dynasty, courtesy of the National Palace Museum, Taipei

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