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In our family a set of four Chinese paintings were called something that sounds like «daitse» or «die-tse» but we cannot find out the actual word and its meaning. Can anyone help? The theme of the set is four seasons and four classes.

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  • What do you mean four classes? Are those school classes? Or four classes in society? like noble, merchants, warrior, worker?
    – Tang Ho
    Jan 19, 2019 at 19:18
  • would it be "題詩" /ti shī / (written poem)?
    – Tang Ho
    Jan 27, 2019 at 12:26

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Social classes, from left to right: Winter, a man writing

Spring, a man sitting on an ox

Summer, a couple making bundles of twigs

Autumn, a man fishing, a woman holding a basket

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i guess it's "代謝", when the theme is four seasons:

http://dict.revised.moe.edu.tw/cgi-bin/cbdic/gsweb.cgi?o=dcbdic&searchid=Z00000042337

roughly means evolvement, replacement.

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  • 代謝 bkrs dài xiè 交替 更替: 四时代谢 | 新陈代谢 familiar to most users as metabolism (biol.)
    – user6065
    Jan 19, 2019 at 16:36

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