May everything fare fabulously in your family


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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 shang 石上 for ‘on the rock’ puns on shi shang 室上 for ‘in your family’. Hence the rooster announces to the proud owner ‘May everything fare fabulously in your family!’


Related Pun Picture: 

May you enjoy imminent good fortune 大吉


Fig 1: ceramic rooster in green glaze Longquan ware, Ming dynasty (1368–1644), courtesy of the National University of Singapore, Object number NU30794-0

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