May you enjoy imminent good fortune
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 convey the message ‘May you enjoy imminent good fortune’. It can be used on many social occasions where people wish the receiver to enjoy good fortune.
Related Pun Pictures:
Related motif: Rooster 公鸡
Fig 3: gourd shaped lacquer vase, Qing dynasty (1644 – 1911), courtesy of the National Palace Museum, Taipei
Fig 4: porcelain dish, Yongzheng period (1723 – 35), Qing dynasty, courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art