This continues the discussion of Bill's lovely tile set seen yesterday. The Green, Red, and White Dragons are the types that we normally see on Bone and Bamboo tiles. The use of red paint on the Winds letters is somewhat unusual.
The Flowers are really special. You will note that the flowers being held by the people on the top row are the same we saw in the center of the One Dots. (Click here) Thanks to Ray Heaton, we have an understanding of the tiles.
Starting with the bottom row of Flowers:
"The four noble professions, (green Chinese characters, simplified characters), 渔樵耕读, Yu, Qiao, Geng, Dou. (The way the characters have been written simplifies them further.)
Tile #1, 渔 (traditional character is 漁), Yu, Fisherman
#2, 樵, Qiao, to Gather Wood, an abbreviated way of saying Woodcutter
#3, 耕, Geng, to Plow (Farmer)
#4, 读, (traditional character is 讀), Dou, to Read or to Study (Scholar)
So these represent Fisherman, Woodcutter, Farmer and Scholar
The four seasons, (red Chinese characters), 春夏秋冬, Chun, Xia, Qiu, Dong
Tile #1, 春, Chun, spring
#2, 夏, Xia, summer
#3, 秋, Qiu, autumn
#4, 冬, Dong, winter.
I guess (again) the flowers are Peony, Lotus, Chrysanthemum and Plum Blossom. The 1 dots show the same flowers (in a different order in the photo), though the Lotus has the seed pod and leaf too (an auspicious symbol of fertility)."
You can see how the objects normally associated with the four noble professions have been very much simplified in the lower set of Flowers.