The Moral of Chinese Patterns of Cats, Butterflies and Peonies

hanfuMaodie, referring to the people aged 80 or 90, means longevity. “Octogenatian” (Mao) is a homophone with “cat” while “septuagenarian” (Die) is a homophone with “butterfly” in the Chinese language. Peonies in traditional Chinese culture symbolize riches and honor. Thus the three parts jointly make up “Maodie Fugui”, meaning riches, honor and longevity, in he picture, the cats are playing with the butterflies, the butterflies are resting on the peonies and the peonies are next the cats, showing a lot of fun. It is an auspicious pattern favored by the people.

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