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Motifs & Symbols

Browse terms in alphabetical order according to their Chinese Pinyin.

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

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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Chinese Pinyin: Jin Yu
Chinese: 金鱼
Name Of Image: Goldfish
Description:

Jin yu 金鱼 (goldfish) in Chinese is pronounced the same as jin 金 (gold) and yu 玉 (jade), therefore can be used as a pun referring wealth.   Related Pun Picture: May your household be piled high with gold and […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Ju Hua
Chinese: 菊花
Name Of Image: Chrysanthemum
Description:

Chrysanthemum in traditional Chinese culture has a symbolic meaning for long life. When it is presented with stone which then has an auspicious name of ‘long-life stone (寿石)’, the whole picture symbolises good wishes for longevity in life. When the […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Li Zhi
Chinese: 荔枝
Name Of Image: Lychee
Description:

Also named leechee, lichee, lichi, or litchi (nut). Lychee is a tall tropical evergreen tree of the soapberry family (Sapindaceae) native to southeastern China. It was recorded in the Xijing zaji (西京杂記, Miscellaneous records of the Western Capital), a collection […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Lian Hua
Chinese: 莲花
Name Of Image: Lotus (Lian Hua)
Description:

Lian Hua (lotus) is also called ‘he hua (荷花)’. It is different from ‘shui lian (睡莲, water lily)’ which is another kind of water plant. The first character of lotus in Chinese, ‘lian (莲)’, has been used to pun for […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Long
Chinese:
Name Of Image: Dragon
Description:

Dragon is an imaginary creature from ancient China which was believed to be agile, powerful and authoritative, thus is a symbol of imperial status in Chinese culture.   Related motif: Phoenix

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Chinese Pinyin: Mu Dan Hua
Chinese: 牡丹花
Name Of Image: Peony
Description:

The nickname of peony in Chinese is called ‘fu gui hua 富贵花’, literally meaning the flower of wealth and prestige.   Related motif: Two-horned peony blossom 双犄牡丹   Related Pun Pictures: May your wealth and privilege expectable 富贵有期 You may […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Pu Tao
Chinese: 葡萄
Name Of Image: Grape
Description:

Grapes symbolise for many offspring in the family in Chinese culture. They are used to express auspicious wishes for family line lasting forever.

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

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
Description:

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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