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One of the most commonly used motifs that depicts household fowls. It has also been frequently used in pun rebuses with intended meaning of ‘good fortune’ or ‘good wishes’, as its Chinese pronunciation is ‘ji 鸡’, punning on ‘ji 吉’ which means good fortune. See more related pun rebus pictures:

May everything fare fabulously in your family shi 室上大吉 

May you enjoy imminent good fortune 大吉


Fig 1-3: porcelain cup, Chenghua period (1465-87), Ming dynasty, courtesy of the National Palace Museum, Taipei

Fig 4: lacquer ware, 18th century, courtesy of the National Palace Museum, Taipei

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