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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

MOUNTAIN FOLKCRAFT
CHINESE WOOD BLOCK PRINT COLLECTION

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W170xH280mm, China

This paper cutout is a pair of candles on the wedding candle stand.  On the candle stand is the word double happiness “喜喜”, the two of them giving the joy of quadruple happiness!  Candles are a symbol of marriage, the word 花燭 Hua Zhu (flower candle) is synonymous with marriage.  These red wedding candles will be placed in the living room as well as the bedroom of the couple.  It is however interesting to know that the use of flower candles were initially for the bride’s family, to console the departure of their beloved daughter.

Amongst the unique pottery, you will also find Mountain Folkcraft’s collection at the Cobo Ceramic Workshop X’mas Sale.

COBO CERAMIC WORKSHOP
1/F Fortune Court, 33 Morrison Hill Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

5 – 9 Dec 2014 (Fri – Tue)
13:00-20:00

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W250xH420mm, China

The two figures in this wood block print is the poet monks Han Shan and Shi Di.  Han Shan and Shi Di are close friends, sharing ideas on poetry, zen teaching as well as literature.  The 2 are known as the He He saints – for love, peace and harmony.

Shi Di (left) carried a stem of lotus “荷 – He” while Han Shan (right) has a rounded box “盒 – He”.  The words 荷盒 “He He” has the same pronunciation as the words 和合 “He He” which has the meaning peaceful harmony.

At the wedding night, offering will be made by the bride and groom to the He He immortals for love, peace and harmony to be extended to the new family.

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The worship of the heaven and earth is perhaps the most primitive of all faith.  Heaven and earth included all the natural and fundamental elements such as the sun, moon and the galaxy, mountain, valley, river, lake and the sea, wind, rain, thunder and lighting are all part of the believes.  The power of nature poses both blessing and treats to the human world.  All, these elements are humanized into a saint known as the God of Heaven and Earth.  Unlike the other saints, he is not housed in a temple as he symbolizes the universe as such; on Chinese New Year day, a wood block print of him will be posted up under the eaves for worship.  Other time you will come across the God of Heaven and Earth are in traditional Chinese weddings, the bride and the groom will begin their wedding ritual by worshiping this god of the universe.

Below the Jade Emperor in the middle of this wood block print is an image of a tablet where it is written, “天地三界 十方萬靈”, there are 3 dimensions, the heaven, the earth and the dead, saints are every where.

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Cookie moulds for 3 different cookies.

Happiness (喜), blessings (福), the lotus fruit.

You might wonder with the style of the cookies are so different, maybe the 2 on the left with the words are for the parents and the more graphical one for the child.  All the 3 cookies are a symbol of  blessing, the lotus fruit (蓮子) “lian zi” is wish for having many children, the word 蓮 “lian” sounds like 連 “consecutive” and the word 子 means sons.

Blessing cookies for the wedding with happy future and many children.

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A Taoist wood block print entitled “Heaven Earth Dragon Carriage”.

On the left of the print is Yuan Shi Tian Zun, the supreme Taoist deity, together with Tai Shang Lao Jun and Ling Boa Tian Zun formed the 3 Pure Ones.  On the right of the print is the Jade Emperor, the God who creates the system of nature and the universe.  Jade Emperor sits inside his dragon carriage and around them the 4 guards; Wang Ling Tian Jun, Pu Hua Tian Jun, General Li, Marshal Zhao.  This new year print is used to bless of journey in vehicles, it is also used on the wedding day after the bride was picked up by the groom’s car, the couple would need to thank the gods for providing a safe journey.

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This old ivory bangle is likely to be one from the Rajasthani tribes; traditionally married women would wear a set of bangles, ideally 17 on the upper arm and 9 on the lower arm (a total of 52 bangles!)  These bangles are to be worn throughout their entire married life and believed to have magical powers to protect them from the evil eye.

Here is a glimpse of the ivory bangles (haathi dant ki churi) during a wedding (please bare with the music)

Due to the price and elephant protection, Lac (lacquered) bangles has became one of the alternative jewellery.

The  bride will receive one ivory bangle from her mother’s family, normally from her uncle, otherwise from her parents.  Without the bangle the Saptapadi ceremony cannot be performed.  In the movie Saptapadi the engagement bangles has became a sort of handcuff for the heroine.  To see the scene fast forward to 1hr11m20s.

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This is one of the container for dowry for the Chinese in the old days, a container to be filled with melon seeds.  Melon seeds is a popular snack for the Chinese especially for festive celebration like the Chinese New Year, apart from its nutrient and availability, more importantly its symbol for fertility.

Traditional melon seeds are kept in their shell and nibble open, unfortunately I cannot find a human demonstration, here is one by the squirrel.

See our other dowry containers; Wooden Pail, lacquer Box, Water Bucket, Double Happiness Jar, Embroidery Pouch.

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The word “bangle” comes from the Hindu word “bangri”, meaning a cylindrical ornament which adorns the arm.  Bangle has the same symbolic meaning for Hindu as wedding ring has for the West.  Married Hindu girls would have bangles round both of their wrists.  On the wedding day, the bride will try to wear a many choodi (bangles) as possible as it is believe that the honeymoon will end when the last bangle breaks.  Maybe it is because the new bride is pampered and spared of the kitchen duty at the time when she is wearing the wedding choodi.  The bride is expected to wear the wedding choodi for a year, a blessing for her in the new home.  Choodi are made of different materials; gold, silver, glass, ferrous metal, conch shells and ivory.

This is a pair of Shakha, a special sacred choodi worn by Bengali brides (also by Assames Hindus, Bodos and Santhals).  These choodi are called shakha paula.  Shakha, a white choodi made of ivory or conch shell and paula, a red choodi made our of red coral.  On the wedding day the choodi would be dipped in turmeric water and put on the bride’s arm by 7 female (a symbol of goodness).  The bride would wear these shakha paula signifying that she is married and belong to her husband, the choodi would only be taken off at the unfortunate time when she becomes a widow.

Thank you for QuirkyMatter for inputting on the blog, please see her blog for more details regarding Shakhas and Hindu marriage.  Also thanks for Bengali Hindu for the correction and the additional information (please see comments), much appreciated!  :)

Now how can I miss out the opportunity to play a Bollywood clip.

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This red lacquer box is part would have been part of the dowry item in a traditional Chinese wedding.  In old China when the country is agricultural based, male is regarded as asset to the family with their labour and sadly , especially for the poor, female took on a minimal role in society.  It is said that a wealthy family their daughter is married off, a commoner’s daughter would be given away at the marriage and a poor man would have his daughter sold.  Wary of how the daughter’s life would be when she enters the groom’s family, the bride’s family would try their best to come up with an elaborate list of dowry so to ensure the status of their daughter in the new home and that she would not be seen as “sold”.  It so extensive that the production of the dowry would be categorized into wood work, carving work, lacquer work, box and bucket work and costume making.  In the morning of the wedding day, a team would set out from the groom to the brides house, after noon time, the team would return with the bride and the dowry procession.  For the riches, the dowry would be a full procession which goes on for miles.

This lacquer box is for storing confectionery.