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Safety and Wealth

洪福遠 , 1998

This is a combination pattern in traditional batik. The main pattern is peony vase, which is decorated with dragon pattern. Butterflies and flowers are decorated in the background of the picture. In Chinese culture, “vase” is homonymous with “safety”, so the vase mostly implies safety. Peony is also known as “flower king” and “rich flower”, which is a symbol of elegance and prosperity. The dragon is a symbol of the Chinese nation. This dragon pattern often appears in the imperial costumes and buildings of the Qing Dynasty, representing the supreme power. In the lower right corner of the painting, there is a “Guishui” seal. In Chinese culture, “Guishui” is the water of rain and dew, which means moistening all things. This print mostly appears in Hong Fuyuan’s works. In the lower left corner, there is a “Fugui” seal, which means wealth, echoing the theme of the painting, referring to a healthy and rich life.

  • 洪福遠
  • Painting, Wax Painting
  • 170cm X 90cm

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