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Motifs & Symbols

Browse terms in alphabetical order according to their Chinese Pinyin.

Chinese Pinyin: He Hua
Chinese: 荷花
Name Of Image: Lotus (He Hua)

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, […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Hu Dié
Chinese: 蝴蝶
Name Of Image: Butterfly

‘Dié 蝶’ from Hu Dié 蝴蝶, the Chinese character for ‘butterfly’, puns on ‘dié 耋’, meaning ‘octogenarian’.   Related Pun Picture: May mother live up to a ripe old age 萱耋

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Chinese Pinyin: Hu Lu
Chinese: 葫芦
Name Of Image: Gourd

Gourd (葫芦, hu lu) in Chinese is pronounced very similar to ‘fu (福, fortune)’ and ‘lu (禄, wealth)’, therefore its image is often used as a pun picture referring fortune and wealth. Related motif:  Bat

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