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Implication for painting subject:

The best interesting characteristic for the theme of art of China is painting's implication. They are all come from Chinese folk legend, historical story, religion and philosophy (such as, Confucia-, Taoism and Chinese Buddhism, etc). The painting theme is not only for decoration in China, usually they indicate the good bless, and expect the good fortune. Usually the fancied world appears more abundant than realistic world in the subject of art of china.
These themes are painted in the snuff bottles, the themes indicate the meaning also becomes the Taoist magic figures which is protect body, it can protect the master to avoid danger. In fact, the Chinese people do believe these things with good decoration can also do give them good fortune.
The main themes in the subject of art of china are those themes which can express people's hope and ambition, such as: get rich, advancement, happiness, justice, good crop, give a birth ( son more best), health & longevity, and safe, etc.

These painting subject are inducted as follows:

  1. Character
  2. Animal
  3. Vegetation
  4. Landscape
  5. Buddha
  6. Antique
  7. Dermatoglyphic pattern

  1. Character

    One hundred children

    It a kind of basic decorated design. Lots of children (Not are 100) are playing. It indicates lots of sons and grandsons in your family. If you send a snuff bottle with this design to a man, it symbolizes a kind of good will, we can bless him keep the youth forever and joyful.
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    Number One Scholar

    It will holds a unified exams every three years in Beijing, the person who gets Number one scholar, he rides the big horse with high head, back to home town in rich clothing. If one person would like to achieve his ambition and promote his political status, the fastest way is get Number one Scholar. Once he succeed, his all family are all rich. The painting that Number One Scholar rides the big horse with high head, back to home town in rich clothing in the subject of art of China, it means get the success.
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  2. Animal

    Dragon

    A kind of miraculous animal that be imagined by people.
    It means the dragon from sky or uprise the sky. It decides by the gods characters. The gods character for the dragon means: love water, like to fly, up sky, change more, theophany, symbol happiness and misfortune, show power, etc. like to fly and up sky of them are the final factor for come into being the sky dragon.
    It's the real marrow of power and virtue, it indicates changeable spirit, it has the changeable miraculous power, and can show or not freely. It symbols precaution and protect, is a kind of animal with virtue. It's different with fabled fierce dragon.
    Though the dragon with five claws are made by artists is symbolize the power of imperial court, it's the special design for the emperor and his son, even the first grade, second grade prince, not are all so. The three grade and fourth grade prince are allowed to use the dragon with four claws. The fifth grade prince and some officials are only allowed to use some animals that are similar as python. Some low grade officials are all strict limited, they can only use the dragon with one claw.
    Because the dragon is an animal in the fable, so it's no relation for its image is correct or not. But Chinese people are all believe that there is dragon in the world. Long long ago, the dragon is always exist in Chinese art and oral legend, it makes the Chinese art become outstanding. Though people are not use it as decorate design recently, it's the most use design in the art works.
    Fish-dragon or water-dragon, When the carp leap the waterfall above the "Dragon--door", it becomes dragon. They symbol perseverance, also symbol pass the imperial examination.
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    Zodiac12 animal


    The Zodiac indicate the order of year, month, day and hour. These token animals according to order that they appear time are: Mouse, Cattle, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Cock, Dog and Pig.

    Rat: You are imaginative, charming, and truly generous to the person you love. However, you have a tendency to be quick-tempered and overly critical. You are also inclined to be somewhat of an opportunist. Born under this sign, you should be happy in sales or as a writer, critic, or publicist.
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    Buffalo: A born leader, you inspire confidence from all around you. You are conservative methodical, and good with your hands. Guard against being chauvinistic and always demanding your own way. The Buffalo would be successful as a skilled surgeon, general, or hairdresser.
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    Tiger: You are sensitive, emotional, and capable of great love. However, you have a tendency to get carried away and be stubborn about what you think is right; often seen as a "Hothead" or rebel. Your sign shows you would be excellent as a boss, explorer, race car driver, or matador.
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    Rabbit: You are the kind of person that people like to be around affectionate, obliging, and always pleasant. You have a tendency, though, to get too sentimental and seem superficial. Being cautious and conservative, you are successful in business but would also make a good lawyer, diplomat, or actor.
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    Dragon: Full of vitality and enthusiasm, the Dragon is a popular individual even with the reputation of being foolhardy and a "big mouth" at times. You are intelligent, gifted, and a perfectionist but these qualities make you unduly demanding on others. You would be well-suited to be an artist, priest, or politician.
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    Snake: Rich in wisdom and charm, you are romantic and deep thinking and your intuition guides you strongly. Avoid procrastination and your stingy attitude towards money. Keep your sense of humor about life. The Snake would be most content as a teacher, philosopher, writer, psychiatrist, and fortune teller.
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    Horse: Your capacity for hard work is amazing. You are your own person-very independent. While intelligent and friendly, you have a strong streak of selfishness and sharp cunning and should guard against being egotistical. Your sign suggests success as an adventurer, scientist, poet, or politician
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    Goat: Except for the knack of always getting off on the wrong foot with people, the Goat can be charming company. You are elegant and artistic but the first to complain about things. Put aside your pessimism and worry and try to be less dependent on material comforts. You would be best as an actor, gardener, or beachcomber.
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    Monkey: You are a very intelligent and a very clever wit. Because of your extraordinary nature and magnetic personality, you are always well-liked. The Monkey, however, must guard against being an opportunist and distrustful of other people. Your sign promises success in any field you try.
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    Rooster: The Rooster is a hard worker; shrewd and definite in decision making often speaking his mind. Because of this, you tend to seem boastful to others. You are a dreamer, flashy dresser, and extravagant to an extreme. Born under this sign you should be happy as a restaurant owner, publicist, soldier or world traveler.
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    Dog: The Dog will never let you down. Born under this sign you are honest, and faithful to those you love. You are plagued by constant worry, a sharp tongue, and a tendency to be a fault finder, however. You would make an excellent businessman, activist, teacher, or secret agent.
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    Pig: You are a splendid companion, an intellectual with a very strong need to set difficult goals and carry them out. You are sincere, tolerant, and honest but by expecting the same from others, you are incredibly naive. Your quest for material goods could be your downfall. The Pig would be best in the arts as an entertainer, or possible a lawyer.
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    Phoenix

    A kind of perfect bird that be imagined by people.

    The phoenix is a kind of perfect bird in fairy tale. It occupies main status in the art of china. It is the second in the supernatural life. It is praised the perfect and beautiful bird in all birds. The Buddhism that is not kill life is prove the phoenix because it's not eat the life with live. It symbols the sun, the warm of summer and good crop. The phoenix has big influence for people can give the birth.
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    Tortoise

    The tortoise is very holy in ancient in China. It's the fourth miraculous life, it symbols longevity, power and endurance. It indicates cosmos in India and China. It's said that people use the tortoise plastron and get divination for the war result since the Shang Dynasty.
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    Tortoise-dragon

    The tortoise-dragon is a river-god with huge strength in the fairy tale, it has tortoise's body and the dragon's head.
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    Deer

    It's said that the deer is longlived, so people use the design with deer symbol the longevity. Also said that it can find the glossy ganoderma, and appear with the longevo together. When people congratulate the old person, usually paint these design.
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    Bear

    The bear symbols brave and strength. It means hero.
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    Eight horses of Mu Emperor

    The eight horses of the fifth emperor( Mu Wang) in Zhou Dynasty are very outstanding, so people are use them as painting theme constantly.
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    Elephant

    Long ago there are many elephants in Henan, Guangxi and Guangdong of China. It symbols power, wise and able and prudence. It is also one of the seven precious things in Buddhism, so it's holy.
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