Bird of bliss

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINESE ART - By KUKU CHAI BUKUK

Tra­di­tion­ally, it was com­mon to rear poul­try in Chi­nese house­holds. Nat­u­rally, their pres­ence at home of­ten in­spired artists to draw them. Chicken is pro­nounced ji in Chi­nese, sim­i­lar in sound to a word mean­ing “aus­pi­cious”. There­fore, in Chi­nese folk cul­ture, chicken is re­garded as an aus­pi­cious sym­bol. Like­wise, in Chi­nese paint­ing, roost­ers are not only de­picted as grace­ful crea­tures but also sug­gest aus­pi­cious­ness and hap­pi­ness.

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