Thursday, February 7, 2008

Asian motifs

Chinese motifs
Okay guys, help me out on this one... does anyone know what that character on the upper left is? Being a pretty clueless westerner I'm calling these "Asian motifs" (although I do know the difference between Japanese and Chinese when it's spoken, thank you very much).

This is an uncut sheet, 8 by 19 in. Also on the sheet is a dragon that looks like he's sneezing up a fireball, pagoda, bamboo, spiky tree, and kooky-eyed lion-creature with its tongue hanging out.

this pattern donated by thanks Eydie!


Unknown said...

It means meih, which translates as beautiful, pretty, good, or excellent.

The top is "sheep", and bottom is "big." Put the two characters together, and they mean "pretty"!

floresita said...

Thank you! I had to re-publish this post and the earlier comments got lost - thank your for your quick translation! :)

Now I know to take it as a compliment the next time someone calls me a big sheep. :)

Lori Ann said...

Yes, it means beautiful (the first half of the word for America - "Beautiful Kingdom") and is pronounced like the month May (pinyin: mei).