May you enjoy imminent good fortune
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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:
Fig 1: colour on paper, 大吉图, Yu Fei-An (于非闇1889–1959), 1935, courtesy of Rong Bao Auction House, 2005
Fig 2: porcelain dish, Yongzheng period (1723–35), Qing dynasty, courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art
Fig 3: famille rose double-gourd shaped vase, Qianlong period (1736–95), Qing dynasty, courtesy of Shanghai Museum, China
Fig 4: painted enamel double-gourd shaped vase, 18th century, courtesy of Cohen and Cohen, Chinese Export Porcelain and Oriental Art (Baroque and Roll; November 2015)
Fig 5: gourd shaped lacquer vase, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), courtesy of the National Palace Museum, Taipei