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Enjoying prosperity year after year

以"蓮"、"魚"等諧音為"連年有餘",寓生活美好之意。 -- 《中國楊柳青木版年畫》 (p.125)

Here is a boy holding a lotus in his hand and a goldfish in his arms. "lian" in "lianhua" (lotus) stands for its homophone "lian" in liannian" (successive years) and "yu" (fish) for its homophone "yu" (surplus). Taken together, "liannianyouyu" gives the meaning of "enjoying prosperity year after year" or "to have enough and to spare year after year". The subject matter, form and color of this picture have become the hallmark of Yangliuqing New Year paintings. -- China Yangliuqing woodblock new years pictures (p.136)

Author / Creator Unknown
Format 1 sheets : ink on paper ; 37 x 52 cm
Publisher [publisher not identified]
Year [19--?]
Language Chinese
HKBU Library collection New Year woodblock print and painting collection
Work type Woodblock Print
Library record View the record in HKBU library catalogue
Copyrighted CC BY-NC 4.0

Cite this image as: "蓮年有餘", in Hong Kong Baptist University Library Art Collections, accessed 20/06/2424,

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