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Browse terms in alphabetical order according to their Chinese Pinyin.

Chinese Pinyin: San Gong Bai Shou
Chinese: 三公百寿
Name Of Image: May my Lord live up to one hundred years
Description:

‘San gong 三公’ are the ‘Three Top Lords in the Imperial Court’. The ‘gong 公’ from the Chinese name ‘gong ji 公鸡’ for ‘rooster’ puns on the Chinese name for ‘lord’ and three roosters in the picture represent the three […]

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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: Shi Shi An Shun
Chinese: 事事安顺
Name Of Image: May everything go smoothly with you
Description:

Pun Design: Persimmons + Quails Punning Details: The word ‘shi 柿’ in ‘shi zi 柿子’ for ‘persimmon’ can pun on ‘shi 事’ for ‘things’. The repetition of ‘shi’ as ‘shi shi 事事’ means ‘everything’. The word ‘an 鹌’ in ‘an […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Shi Shi Ping An
Chinese: 事事平安
Name Of Image: May you live in harmony
Description:

Pun Design: Persimmons + Apples + Quails Punning Details: The Chinese character ‘shi 柿’ in ‘shi zi 柿子’ for ‘persimmon’ can pun on ‘shi 事’ for ‘things’. The repetition of ‘shi’ as ‘shi shi 事事’ means ‘everything’. The word ‘ping […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Shuang An
Chinese: 双安
Name Of Image: May you both live a peaceful life
Description:

Pun Design: Two + Quails Punning Details: The word ‘an 鹌’ in ‘an chun 鹌鹑’ for ‘quail’ makes a pun on ‘an 安’ for ‘peace’. The Chinese word for ‘double’ is ‘shuang 双’. When there is a gathering of two […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Shuang Xiong Dou Zhi
Chinese: 双雄斗智
Name Of Image: Two heroes fighting with their intelligence
Description:

‘Shuang 双’ is the Chinese word for ‘two’. ‘Xiong 雄’ in ‘Xiong ji 雄鸡’ in the Chinese name for ‘rooster’ makes a pun on ‘xiong 雄’ for ‘hero’. Thus, the image of two roosters in confrontation is meant to represent […]

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Chinese Pinyin: Sui Sui Ping An
Chinese: 岁岁平安
Name Of Image: May you enjoy a peaceful life year after year
Description:

Pun Design: Quails + seedheads of foxtail millet Punning Details: The word ‘sui 穗’ for ‘millet seedhead’ is a pun on ‘sui 岁’ for ‘year’; the repetition of ‘sui’ means ‘year in year out’. The word ‘an 鹌’ in ‘an […]

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