It may be that the heraldic nature of the squirrel's significance in the painting suggested the rebus like pun to represent the place name.
Just last week one of the words in the rebus puzzle was a cow plus a banjo minus the letter ‘M.’
A rebus is a picture puzzle, and it seemed to click.
It's something of a rebus, though perhaps involving more associative skills than your average rebus and doesn't make sense except as a melding of personae.
An epigraph typically functions as a rebus for an essay, providing a gloss or indicating the author's approach.
Suppose I have a picture-puzzle, a rebus , in front of me.
The relaxed conjunction of leaf and slingshot forms a rebus , suggesting the proximity of support and threat in relationships between things - all sorts of things, human, animal and mineral.
Amongst fragments set into the background of a fifteenth-century panel depicting St Mary Magdalen in the east chancel window are quarries with fragments of the Lovell rebus .
The bamboo signifies uprightness, as mentioned above; the fungus, or lingzhi, was also thought to contribute longevity and the five bats are a rebus or pun.
Similar to doing a rebus or crossword puzzle, it's a drawing of nine dots, and the challenge is to connect them without lifting the pen from the paper.