I'm a East Asian preparing to celebrate the Lunar New Year and have found this piece of decoration. The Chinese character on it is, I'm pretty sure, a Traditional one, literally full of strokes and pretty calligraphic. I've tried looking up this character in our most reliable Han dictionary (from Traditional Chinese characters to our language), but failed (partly because it's a Han dictionary). Particularly, I've researched (groups of) radicals of 辵 (辶) and 宀 in the dictionary (and failed, as mentioned).

Now I'm here to seek help. What is this character?

Photo of character


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It's not likely you'll find this in any dictionary because it's a conglomeration of four characters: 招財進寶 "attracting money and treasure". See if you can find them. Hint: there is one part that is shared by two of the characters.

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    blogs.adobe.com/CCJKType/2009/01/diy.html is a fun instruction for how to DIY. Is it purely graphic or does it have some pronunciation? Commented Feb 14, 2015 at 16:20
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    Thank you, monalisa (I can't vote-up for now but I accepted). However, there are actually two parts, each of which is shared by two characters. Commented Feb 14, 2015 at 16:52
  • To VincentJ.Ruan: Yes, you're right. I stand corrected. There are two shared parts. @MasterSparkles Interesting question. It has never occurred to me that there could be some pronunciation associated with this. I always pronounce it the same way I pronounce the four component characters /zhao1 cai2 jin4 bao3/ in Mandarin or /jiu1 choi4 jeun3 bou2/ in Cantonese. I am not aware of any other pronunciation. Maybe somebody else can help.
    – monalisa
    Commented Feb 14, 2015 at 17:03
  • @monalisa I kind of wonder why such things aren't considered characters since for all intents and purposes they're formed according to the same logic... I guess it just comes down to the same old boring answer: convention. Really interesting stuff in any case. Commented Feb 15, 2015 at 4:14
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    Haha I know. I'm just interested in the idea that a glyph (?) has to have a pronunciation in order to be considered character, and this is as good an excuse as any to ponder the matter. Thanks for the additional insights. Commented Feb 15, 2015 at 23:41

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