May peace bless you forever

久安

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Pun Design: nine + quail

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’. Thus, the image of nine quails can be used to cue the auspicious message of ‘May peace bless you forever’.

Related Pun Pictures:

May the country enjoy peace and good order permanently 长治久安

Acknowledgement:

Fig 1: falangcai enamelled porcelain vase, Yongzheng period (1723-35), Qing dynasty, courtesy of the National Palace Museum, Taipei

Fig 2: falangcai enamelled porcelain bowl, Yongzheng period (1723-35), Qing dynasty, courtesy of the National Palace Museum, Taipei

Fig 3: porcelain vase, Qianlong period (1736-95), Qing dynasty, courtesy of the Guimet Museum, Paris

Fig 4-5: Everlasting Contentment 久安图, ink and colour on paper, Xu Yang (徐扬, ca. 1751-1776), 1773, courtesy of Yale University Art Gallery

Fig 6-7: Jiu An Da Ji Tu 久安大吉图, ink and colour on paper, Lu Zhi (sic) (陆治, 1496-1576), courtesy of the National Palace Museum, Taipei

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