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New Year Prints are traditional decorations for the Chinese New Year, the theme of these wood block prints are most often blessings and well wishes.

This year to celebrate the Year of the Ram, over 100 prints we have collected over the years will be on show and available for sale.

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New Year Prints are traditional decorations for the Chinese New Year, the theme of these wood block prints are most often blessings and well wishes.

This year to celebrate the Year of the Ram, over 100 prints we have collected over the years will be on show and available for sale.

MOUNTAIN FOLKCRAFT
CHINESE WOOD BLOCK PRINT COLLECTION

P1040706bW300xH240mm, China

Today, 4th Feburary 2015 marks the beginning of spring, “Li Chun” is the first term of the 24 solar terms in the lunar calendar.  You might notice that from today onward, the temperature, sunlight as well as the rain would increase, the cold wind would be replaced by warming breeze, the ground started to defrost, 5 days on even the worms would appear, another 5 days you will find fish swimming to the surface of the water.

For the farms, the arrival spring begin a new year of growth, this wood block print would be posted up in the manger to safe guard the livestock from disease and enable a lively stock.
On the left sits the God of the Ox and the right with 3 eyes, the God of the horse, next to them their officers.

The villagers would prepare a large ox figure made of clay, inside to be stuffed with grains, on the day of Li Chun it will be whipped into pieces, the broken clay would be taken home and put into the manger, a symbol that it will always be filled.

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Time flies, holiday is over and its time to welcome the Kitchen God to return from his trip to the Jade Emperor.

The Kitchen God will return today with his god friends, showing them the family who did good and those who did evil deeds.  His friends will take notes and cast spells on the families before they return back to the Jade Emperor.  What is best to welcome the guest who traveled all the way from heaven to your home but feast!

For the annual task of protection and reporting, the wood block print for the Kitchen God are dated with a calendar of that year.  This particular print was for the year 1987.

Come to see the actual print and many others at the
New Year Print Exhibition

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Continuing from yesterday’s story about poor Wang who has been accused and sent to jail.  On the upper print, Chun (second right) found out the news and rushed to the court, she made an appeal and Wang was released.

The lower print features the wedding night of Wang and Chun, the happy couple lived happily ever after.

Come to see the actual print and many others at the
New Year Print Exhibition

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W420 X H550mm, China

 A pair of two wood block prints which will be featured in today and tomorrow’s post, tells a story based on the Shandong opera.

Student Wang made a gamble with the other students while the teacher was away.  With his bad luck, Wang loses at every game and was heavily in debt.  He knew he would get into trouble is he asked his family for help and was trouble all the time.  Wang’s fiancee, Chun (second right figure on upper print) learnt about the news and gave her bridal gown to Wang so it can be sold off.

The second scene appears in the lower print; the village bully Li (far right figure) was attracted by the beauty of Chun and decided to accuse Wang (far left) for stealing the precious gown.  Li’s plan is to send Wang off to jail and he can have Chun.

To find out the ending of the story, watch out for tomorrow’s post.

Come to see the actual print and many others at the
New Year Print Exhibition

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CHINESE WOOD BLOCK PRINT COLLECTION

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Basing on the Qing dynasty detective fiction, Si Gong On, this wood block print features the 4 police guards who assist Detective Si in solving the mysterious cases.

The gang of 4 is headed by Huang Tian Ba (second left), Huang attempted to assassinate Si but was captured.  Detective Si had him release, Huang was converted and stayed behind to help Si.  The other guards, from left to right, are He Tian Bao, Huang Tian Ba, Wu Tian Qiu and Hu Tian Diao.

Come to see the actual print and many others at the
New Year Print Exhibition

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This wood block print entitled, “The 8 Immortal’s birthday celebration“.

We are familiar with the phrase
壽比南山, 福如東海
life being as grand as the Mount Nanshan, fortune as deep as the Donghai ocean.

The original version of the couplet is presented on the 2 side of the print and should read as;
壽比南山不老松, 福如東海長流水
life is as long as the immortal pine tree in Mount Nanshan, fortune as fulfilling as ever lasting stream in the Donghai ocean

In the prints are the 8 Immortals; (from 12 o’clock going clockwise are) the God of Longevity, Zhong Li Quan (with the palm leave fan), Royal Uncle Cao Guo Jiu (with castanets), Elder Zhang Guo Lao, Immortal lady He Zian Gu (with magic lotus), Philosopher Han Xiang Zi,  Lan Cai He (with magic basket),  Iron-Crutch Tie Guai Li, Leader Lu Dong Bin (with sword).  Click here to see the symbolism of the magic tools.

Come to see the actual print and many others at the
New Year Print Exhibition

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W600 X H170mm, China

This rooster wood block print ,being horizontal and elongated in shape, is a special type of print that is used for the decoration of the top of the window frame.
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It is an ancient tradition to decorate windows with roosters painting, in the Han dynasty fortune forecast book  it was recorded that on the first day of Chinese new year the fortune of the rooster should be cast, second day for the dog, third day for the pig, fourth day the goat, fifth day the cow, sixth day the horse.  it is not until the seventh day that we should tell the fortune of the human.  The rooster being the first animal might have came from it presumed ability to call up the sun with its crow, a sign of life from the darkness.

Come to see the actual print and many others at the
New Year Print Exhibition

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CHINESE WOOD BLOCK PRINT COLLECTION

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五子登科 Wu Zi Deng Ke, is an idiom of blessing to wish great achievement for the off springs.

 There is a man named Dou Yu Jun, a scholar of the court in the 5 Dynasty period, he had 5 sons at late age.  All 5 sons had great academic achievements and came top in the official examination.

 Since the Siu dynasty 605 AD, China has developed a system in the selection of her officials basing on a literature examination, it is every parents’ wish for their son to do well in the exam.  For 5 sons to do came top on the list would be one’s widest dream and blessing.

Come to see the actual print and many others at the
New Year Print Exhibition

MOUNTAIN FOLKCRAFT
CHINESE WOOD BLOCK PRINT COLLECTION

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