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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: Shi Shang Da Ji
Chinese: 室上大吉
Name Of Image: May everything fare fabulously in your family
Description:

A large Longquan pottery rooster sculpted on a rock sends good fortune to the receiver’s or owner’s family because da ji 大 鸡 for ‘large rooster’ sounds the same as da ji 大 吉 for ‘great good fortune’ and shi …

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Chinese Pinyin: Jin Yu Man Tang
Chinese: 金玉满堂
Name Of Image: May your household be piled high with gold and jade
Description:

The accumulation of family wealth in traditional China was lauded as jin yu man tang 金玉满堂 – a household is piled high with gold and jade. This saying was visually expressed with a design of goldfish in a pond; jin …

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Chinese Pinyin: Yi Lu Lian Ke
Chinese: 一路连科
Name Of Image: May you pass examinations all the way
Description:

One egret (鹭鸶, similar shape as heron), which can be referred to in Chinese as ‘一鹭 yi lu’, makes a pun (i.e. a homophone) on the phrase ‘一路 yi lu’, for ‘all the way’. The lotus pod ‘莲窠 lian ke’, …

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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: Fu Gui You Qi
Chinese: 富贵有期
Name Of Image: May your wealth and privilege expectable
Description:

‘Fu gui 富贵’ in ‘fu gui hua 富贵花’, literally, the ‘flower of wealth and prestige’,  which is a nickname in Chinese for ‘peony’, contributes to ‘wealth and privilege’ in the saying. ‘Ji 鸡’ is a pun on ‘qi 期’, which …

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Chinese Pinyin: Guan Shang Jia Guan
Chinese: 官上加官
Name Of Image: May you have repeated promotions
Description:

‘Guan 冠’ in the Chinese name ‘ji guan hua 鸡冠花’ for ‘cockscomb’ is a pun on ‘guan 官’, which means ‘high-ranking official’. The crest on the head of a rooster is also called ‘guan 冠’ in Chinese. Thus, the appearance …

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Chinese Pinyin: Kai Shi Da Ji
Chinese: 开市大吉
Name Of Image: May you have tremendous luck in your new venture
Description:

‘Da ji 大鸡’ for ‘large rooster’ makes a pun on ‘da ji 大吉’ for ‘tremendous good luck’. This image can be expressed as a good wish for someone who has just started a new business venture.   Related motif: Rooster …

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Chinese Pinyin: Xuan Die
Chinese: 萱耋
Name Of Image: May mother live up to a ripe old age
Description:

Lily flowers and butterflies form a pun rebus picture known as ‘Xuān Dié Tú 萱耋图’, meaning ‘May mother live up to a ripe old age’. ‘Xuan 萱’ in the picture title comes from ‘xuan cao 萱草’, the Chinese name for …

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Chinese Pinyin: Xi Cong Tian Jiang
Chinese: 喜从天降
Name Of Image: May unexpected good luck descend on you!
Description:

Pun design: Spider + descending from the sky Punning mechanism: ‘Zhi zhu (蜘蛛, spider)’ has a nickname ‘xi zi (蟢子)’ or ‘xi zhu (喜蛛)’ meaning the ‘lucky one’ or ‘lucky spider’. Its first character ‘xi 喜(蟢)’ for ‘happiness (good luck)’ …

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