May you get promoted


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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 crest on the head of a rooster is also called ‘guan 冠’ in Chinese. Thus, the appearance of both the cockscomb and rooster in a picture represents the auspicious saying ‘guan shang jia guan 官上加官’, which is literally ‘an official plus an official’ and is used to wish an official to get promotion after promotion.

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May everything fare fabulously in your family 室上大吉


Fig 1: hanging scroll, ink and colour on paper, Jia Guan Tu 加官图, Qi Baishi (齐白石 1864–1957), 1951, courtesy of Palace Museum, Beijing

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