Great Good Fortune

The phrase “Great Good Fortune” (大幸 daxing) is another example of Chinese seals with thoughts that represent wishes. In this case the term “good fortune,” coming from the same root word as “fortunately,” refers to luck and not to money. Seals like this are now referred to as leisure seals—which might have anything inscribed on them—as opposed to name seals. Here two examples, both from the Han dynasty (206 BC–220 AD). The one on the left has the two characters of the text running from top to bottom down the middle, flanked on each side by what are probably two mythical creatures, rather than the more common right to left as seen below on the seal to the right.

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