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Motifs & Symbols

Browse terms in alphabetical order according to their Chinese Pinyin.

Chinese Pinyin: Gong Ji
Chinese: 公鸡
Name Of Image: Rooster
Description:

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 […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Gui Hua
Chinese: 桂花
Name Of Image: Osmanthus
Description:

Osmanthus blossoms in autumn and is conventionally regarded as the flower of the eighth month of the Chinese lunisolar calendar. Its sweet scent is discreet, distinctive and unforgettable, and has a legendary position in Chinese poetry and art. It is […]

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