Bird - (Chinese Symbolism)

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Bird - (Chinese Symbolism) Together with the butterfly a symbol for a young man approaching the woman he loves. Particular symbolic significance is attached to many birds, among these the following: crane, eagle, magpie, mandarin ducks, oriole, owl, pheasant, quail, raven, swallow, and the mythical phoenix. A white-headed bird symbolizes great age. Two white-headed birds on a peony equal riches and honor until the close of life. Paintings of birds and flowers can gain meaning from homophones of the objects depicted.


Dictionary of Chinese Symbols: Hidden Symbols in Chinese Life and Thought (Routledge Dictionaries)Dictionary of Chinese Symbols: Hidden Symbols in Chinese Life and Thought (Routledge Dictionaries)

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