One of the most commonly used motifs that depicts household fowls. It has also been frequently used in pun rebuses for the meaning of ‘good fortune’ or ‘good wishes’, as its Chinese pronunciation is ji 鸡, the same as ji 吉, which means good fortune. See more below.
Related Pun Rebus Pictures：
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