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 Post subject: Dayan Jewel Symbols
PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 5:38 pm 
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I just bought a Dayan Jewel. It came unstickered with 2 different sets of stickers for the square sides. Can anyone tell me what the symbols mean on the stickers?

A couple people have responded outside the forum with the desired info. I no longer need an answer.

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 Post subject: Re: Dayan Jewel Symbols
PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:58 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Dayan Jewel Symbols
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robertpauljr wrote:
I just bought a Dayan Jewel. It came unstickered with 2 different sets of stickers for the square sides. Can anyone tell me what the symbols mean on the stickers?

A couple people have responded outside the forum with the desired info. I no longer need an answer.

I just found this topic.
Let's also let other tp friends know the symbols meanings :
福 - good fortune
禄 - happiness; prosperity
寿 - longevity
喜 - happiness
梅 - plum, a kind of plant
兰/蘭 - orchid, a kind of plant
竹 - bamboo, a kind of plant
菊 - chrysanthemum, a kind of plant
NIL - no meaning, just beautiful pattern
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 Post subject: Re: Dayan Jewel Symbols
PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 4:38 am 
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Hi Calvin,

Thanks for the reply, I am interested in these cultural things too. What is the significance of the relationship between the plum, orchid, bamboo and chrysanthemum in Chinese culture? Or is it just decoration?

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 Post subject: Re: Dayan Jewel Symbols
PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:03 am 
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A quick google search or two on those plants brought me to this Wikipedia Article.

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 Post subject: Re: Dayan Jewel Symbols
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Burgo wrote:
Hi Calvin,

Thanks for the reply, I am interested in these cultural things too. What is the significance of the relationship between the plum, orchid, bamboo and chrysanthemum in Chinese culture? Or is it just decoration?

Cheers,
Burgo.

That is good question. These are Chinese literature.
They are called "Four Gentlemen", also called the Four Noble Ones, in Chinese art refers to four plants: the orchid, the bamboo, the chrysanthemum, and the plum blossom. The term compares the four plants to Confucianist junzi, or "gentlemen". They are most typically depicted in traditional ink and wash painting and they belong to the category of bird-and-flower painting in Chinese art.
source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Gentlemen
Apart from that, Auspicious & Fengshui Meaning
Chinese Four Gentlemen Painting: Themes: plum blossom, orchid, bamboo and chrysanthemum Painting are known as the "Four Gentlemen" painting in China, 四君子. Their qualities are: fortitude, fragrance, tenacious and indifference respectively. Chinese people often use these four kinds of flowers to express their ideals, and they are the most common themes in the Chinese poems and paintings.

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 Post subject: Re: Dayan Jewel Symbols
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Jeffery Mewtamer wrote:
A quick google search or two on those plants brought me to this Wikipedia Article.

Yes, that is the "Four Gentlemen".
More indepth meaning as below,
花中四君子
: 剪雪裁冰,一身傲骨   
: 空谷幽香,与世无争   
: 筛风弄月,潇洒一生   
: 凌霜自行,不趋炎势  
 
“花中四君子”因其本身习性而被赋予不同的人格魅力。   
色淡香清、象征谦谦君子的是;   
不与群芳争艳,金秋绽放、恬然自处的是;   
修长挺拔、清雅高格的是;   
迎寒而开、傲霜斗雪的是
source : http://baike.baidu.com/view/134045.html?wtp=tt

Briefly say, the four gentlements are representing 4 different respectful gentlement characters,
These are Chinese literature and poems, hard to translate in English.
It is very apprecaited that any tp friends can do it for me.
PS: Maybe our University English teacher, Rox, can help. ^^

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 Post subject: Re: Dayan Jewel Symbols
PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:21 pm 
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Chinese explanations of the Four Gerntlement Characters as below,
梅、蘭、竹、菊, 象徵君子之風,即象徵品格的高尚、堅貞、典雅而有氣節。
梅,蘭,竹,菊,被稱為四君子。一直是詩人的知己伙伴與哲理的啟發者。

花只在寒冬開花,梅的品格高尚,不畏寒冬,在百花凋零時開放,自古便用來象徵正人君子,不為時勢所屈寓意君子堅忍不拔的情操。
花在大自然的環境中生長, 不論生長環境多麼惡劣,它總是長的欣欣向榮,意喻君子再逆境中依然能保持高雅的情操不為環境所屈服。
子中空意喻君子應有的虛心不自滿。竹中有節意喻君子應有的有操守、勁節。竹的挺拔意喻君子有風骨、瀟灑脫俗。
的開花吐蕊,散露清清芬香,不汲汲營營,緩緩的等待秋天濃霜,不急不徐,不躁不妄,耐受寂寞,經歷寒霜,迎受挑戰。正是象徵著君子的傲骨!

PS: again, it is good if any tp friends can help to translate.

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