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Chinese Pinyin: An He
Chinese: 安和
Name Of Image: May you enjoy peace and harmony
Description:

Pun Design: Quails + Cereal Plant Punning Details: The word ‘an 鹌’ in ‘an chun 鹌鹑’ for ‘quail’ makes a pun on ‘an 安’ for ‘peace’. The word ‘he 禾’ for ‘cereal plant’ makes a pun on ‘he 和’ for …

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Chinese Pinyin: An Ju
Chinese: 安居
Name Of Image: May you live in peace and leisure
Description:

Pun Design: Quails + Chrysanthemum Punning Details: The word ‘an 鹌’ in ‘an chun 鹌鹑’ for ‘quail’ makes a pun on ‘an 安’ for ‘peace’. The word ‘ju 菊’ in ‘ju hua 菊花’ for ‘chrysanthemum’ puns on the word ‘ju …

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Chinese Pinyin: An Xi
Chinese: 安喜
Name Of Image: May you enjoy peace and happiness
Description:

Pun Design: Quails + Magpies Punning Details: The word ‘an 鹌’ in ‘an chun 鹌鹑’ for ‘quail’ puns on ‘an 安’ for ‘peace’. The word ‘‘xi 喜’ in ‘xi que 喜鹊’ for ‘magpie’ can mean ‘joy’ or ‘happiness’. Thus, the …

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Chinese Pinyin: Bai Ji
Chinese: 百吉
Name Of Image: May you be blessed by good luck in all you do
Description:

‘Ji 鸡’ is a generic name for cockerel, hen, and chick, and sounds the same as ‘ji 吉’ for ‘good fortune’. Thus, a picture of many chickens is used to represent ‘abundant good fortune’.   Related Pun Pictures: May you …

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Chinese Pinyin: Bai Lu
Chinese: 百禄
Name Of Image: May you have an ample official income
Description:

Just like the English word ‘bat’ can mean ‘a kind of animal’ in one context and ‘a club for playing tennis’ in another, so can pictures of animals and flowers in a pictorial design called ‘pun rebus’ in Chinese art. …

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Chinese Pinyin: Bing Di Shuang Gui
Chinese: 并蒂双贵
Name Of Image: May you couple live a harmonious life and enjoy prestige
Description:

‘Bing di 并蒂’ from ‘bing di lian 并蒂莲’ (twin-headed lotus flower) contributes to the meaning of ‘a loving relationship’.  ‘Gui 鳜’ from ‘gui yu 鳜鱼’(mandarin fish) is a pun on ‘gui 贵’ prestige. Hence this image is intended to wish …

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Chinese Pinyin: Chang Zhi Jiu An
Chinese: 长治久安
Name Of Image: May the country enjoy peace and good order permanently
Description:

Pun Design: Long-tailed Pheasant + Quail Punning Details: The combination of the first and third words in ‘chang wei zhi 长尾雉’ for ‘long-tailed pheasant’ is ‘chang zhi’ and it puns on the phrase ‘chang zhi 长治’ for ‘long-term good order …

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Chinese Pinyin: Da Ji
Chinese: 大吉
Name Of Image: May you enjoy imminent good fortune
Description:

The Chinese name for rooster or chicken is ji 鸡, which is a pun on ji 吉 ‘good fortune’. ‘Da’ is the Chinese adjective for ‘big’ and ‘da ji‘ literally means ‘large rooster’ but puns on ‘great luck’. Thus, these paintings …

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Chinese Pinyin: Feng Hou
Chinese: 封侯
Name Of Image: May you have an imminent promotion
Description:

The ancient Chinese would employ a picture of a monkey reaching for a bee hive to wish their boss an imminent promotion. The word for bees in Chinese is ‘feng 蜂’ and the word for monkeys is ‘hou 猴’. When …

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Chinese Pinyin: Fu Cong Tian Jiang
Chinese: 福从天降
Name Of Image: May good fortune descend from heaven
Description:

The flying mammal bat is called bian fu (蝙蝠) in Chinese. Image of the bat including its various stylised forms are often used in Chinese art to express an auspicious meaning, as ‘蝠 (fu)’ in ‘蝙蝠’ puns on ‘福 (fu)’ …

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