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Motifs & Symbols

Browse terms in alphabetical order according to their Chinese Pinyin.

Chinese Pinyin: Shu Kui Jia Die
Chinese: 蜀葵蛱蝶
Name Of Image: Hollyhocks and butterflies

Hollyhocks and butterflies Chinese water colour painting   Related motif: Butterfly 蝴蝶

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Chinese Pinyin: Shuang Ji Mu Dan
Chinese: 双犄牡丹
Name Of Image: Two-horned peony blossom

Common sources such as Baidu refer to the motif of a peony flower head with two distinctive ‘horns’ as a characteristic feature unique to Chinese porcelain of the Kangxi period (1662 – 1722). As a matter of fact, the tradition […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Sui Han San You
Chinese: 岁寒三友
Name Of Image: Three Friends in Winter

Pines, bamboos, and plum blossoms form the ‘Three Friends in Winter’ (岁寒三友) motif. The early blossoming plum is the harbinger of spring; the bamboo bends in wind but does not break; and the pine needles remain green throughout the harsh […]

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