May you have plenty of profit
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Lychee or Chestnut
– ‘Li 荔’ for ‘lychee’ and ‘li 栗’ for ‘chestnut’ have the same pronunciation in Chinese as ‘li 利’ for ‘profit’.
– Many lychees or chestnuts seen in the picture convey ‘duo 多’ for ‘plenty’, and ‘li 荔’ or ‘li 栗’, which is a pun on ‘duo li 多利’ for ‘plenty of profit’.
Related Pun Picture:
Fig 1: hanging scroll, ink and colour on paper, Qi BaiShi (1864-1957), 1919, courtesy of Central Academy of Art and Crafts, Beijing
Fig 2: Duo Li Tu 多荔图, hanging scroll, ink and colour on paper, Qi BaiShi (1864-1957), 1925, courtesy of Beijing Antique Company
Fig 3: Duo Li Tu 多栗图, hanging scroll, ink and colour on paper, Qi BaiShi (1864-1957), courtesy of Xu Beihong Memorial