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Magpies and Prunus

Ding Liangxian Chinese

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In China magpies are seen as messengers of joy and are often shown in pairs, while “prunus” is homophonic with the character for “eyebrows.” Together the two motifs form a rebus on the set phrase “Joy up to one’s eyebrows,” which has been inscribed in the upper left corner by the artist Ding Liangxian.

Magpies and Prunus, Ding Liangxian (active first half of the 18th century), Woodblock print; ink and color on paper, China

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