Does anyone know what the chinese characters say on these pictures? I bought them in China while visiting a few years ago and everyone always asks me what they mean. I love them but would love to know what they actually say - - assume it says what is in the painting but can anyone help me on this? Four pictures with Each picture depicting a stage of farming food. ...sorry i do not have them in the right order but very clear which picture is for which farming season.
Thanks to @Mou某's excellent observation, I looked up a copybook of Naxi pictographs (He 2003) and was able to identify the following:
The pictographs (Dongba script) are the writing system of the Naxi language.
The pictographs on the left are the four seasons. They are compound ideographs.
Compound ideograph Components = sky + Pronunciation Spring wind* mɯ33 ɲi21 Summer rain mɯ33 ʐu21 Autumn flower and land mɯ3 tʂʰv̩55 Winter snow mɯ33 tʂʰɹ̩31
So spring means 'the season of wind', summer 'the season of rain', autumn 'the season of flowers blossoming', and winter 'the season of snow' (Fang 1981:106-107).
The pictographs on the right are human activities. They should correspond with the seasons.†
* According to Fang (1981:106).
‡ I am not sure if these are the correct pictograms.
They are 象形文字 (Hieroglyphs) inspired modern art
Too much information in these drawings to be a simple character. They are more a story than words
These drawings depict the development of a farming community