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21. Five Fortunes Accompanying a Long Life
(Matching tags: blessing,print)
The five bats flying in the sky depicted in the print represent the “five fortunes.” There are three chubby and adorable kids, each holding one of the three symbolic fruits: the peach (for ...
22. The Large Vase
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This blessing print is complicated in its composition. A large vase with many different flowers in it means that all will be “safe and well” (ping an). There are images of a zither, Chinese ...
23. Lions Playing with a Rolled Silk Ball
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In ancient times, the king of animals are said to be tigers while some people claimed that it is lions. Lion (shi) is homophonic to the Chinese word for “master.” In the ancient bureaucratic ...
This decorating print uses homophone to express blessings. Two beehives hanging upside down on a pine tree, with a monkey (hou) driving the bees (feng) away; the pronunciations are similar in Chinese to ...
25. Hehe Ershen (The Two Gods of Love)
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The blade method of this picture is pleasantly straightforward, different from the experienced and flattering pieces of later days. The Hehe Ershen are gods of harmony. Wedding couples worship them to ...
26. Hehe Erxian (The Two Gods of Love)
(Matching tags: Shi De,Han Shan,Hehe Erxian,blessing,print)
Han Shan and Shi De were monks and good friends in the Zhenguan Period of Tang Dynasty. The Chinese characters for “harmony and good union” as a phrase (hehe) mean a harmonious mind, reconciliation, ...
27. Hehe Erxian (The Two Gods of Love)
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This print is used to congratulate couples on their wedding. Two boys hold a lotus and a treasure box, respectively, as a homophone (hehe) of the Chinese characters for “harmony and good union.” ...
28. Hehe Erxian (The Two Gods of Love)
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This print is used to congratulate couples on their wedding. Two boys walk together side-by-side with one’s arm resting on the other’s shoulder. One holds a lotus while the other holds a treasure ...
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