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Chinese Pinyin: Fu Shou Wan Nian
Chinese: 福寿万年
Name Of Image: May you enjoy long life and always be blessed by good fortune
Description:

Either the clockwise swastika 卐 (sounding ‘wan’ 万) or the counterclockwise sauwastika 卍 is used interchangeably in Chinese decorative arts as well as in some religious contexts, as can be seen co-occurring on the same vessel displayed here. Roughly speaking, …

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Chinese Pinyin: Gong Ming Fu Gui
Chinese: 功名富贵
Name Of Image: May you do well in exams and enjoy wealth and prestige
Description:

The Chinese phrase ‘Gong ming 功名’ for ‘scholarly honour or official rank’ is a pun on two Chinese characters ‘gong 公’ and ‘ming 鸣’. ‘Gong 公’ from ‘gong ji 公鸡’, the Chinese name for ‘rooster’, makes pun on the Chinese …

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Chinese Pinyin: Gua Die Mian Mian
Chinese: 瓜瓞绵绵 (谐音画)
Name Of Image: May the male line in your family clan continue and flourish (pun picture)
Description:

The phrase ‘gua die mian mian 瓜瓞绵绵’ is a variation of a line from a poem in the Classic of Poetry, Shijing 诗经, compiled in China during the period between the 11th to 7th centuries BCE, used as a metaphor …

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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: Jia Guan
Chinese: 加官
Name Of Image: May you get promoted
Description:

The saying ‘jia guan 加官’ is an abbreviated form of the saying ‘guan shang jia guan 官上加官’: ‘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 …

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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: Jiu An
Chinese: 久安
Name Of Image: May peace bless you forever
Description:

Pun Design: nine + quails Punning Details: The Chinese word ‘jiu 九’ for ‘nine’ puns on the word ‘jiu 久’ for ‘lasting’. The word ‘an 鹌’ in ‘an chun 鹌鹑’ for ‘quail’ makes a pun on ‘an 安’ for ‘peace’. …

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Chinese Pinyin: Jiu An Chang Zhi
Chinese: 久安长治
Name Of Image: May the country be in peace and order forever
Description:

Pun Design: Quails + Long-tailed Pheasant Punning Details: The word ‘an 鹌’ in ‘an chun 鹌鹑’ for ‘quail’ makes a pun on ‘an 安’ for ‘peace’. The combination of the first and third words in ‘chang wei zhi 长尾雉’ for …

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Chinese Pinyin: Jue Lu Feng Hou
Chinese: 爵禄封侯
Name Of Image: May you be created a peer and earn a handsome official income
Description:

This pun rebus picture consists of four essential pictorial elements: bird, deer, bee, and monkey. The word ‘que 雀’ for ‘small bird’ in Chinese puns on the word ‘jue 爵’ for ‘high official rank’ or ‘peerage’. The word ‘lu 鹿’ for …

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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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