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2017/2/35 Poster, ink on paper, Hong Kong, China, 1970s-1990s. Click to enlarge.

Chinese poster

This is a Chinese New Year picture (nianhua). The New Year pictures were popular household decoration in China until the mid 20th century. Employing various elements of folk art and symbolism, these pictures expressed wishes for happiness, prosperity and good luck. The fish symbolises wealth and the peach is a symbol of longevity. Chubby babies are also popular.


Object No.


Object Statement

Poster, ink on paper, Hong Kong, China, 1970s-1990s

Physical Description

Poster in portrait orientation, printed in colour. The image on the poster depicts a group of eight chubby babies playing with a pile of big green watermelons. In the foreground one baby is pushing a large watermelon while another is trying to pull it away. All the babies are smiling and happy. Above the image there are Chinese characters in red ink.


Printed, front bottom left hand corner, Chinese character, "018". Bottom right corner. Chinese characters, "657", Chinese characters, "659", Chinese characters.



790 mm


540 mm


Credit Line

Purchased with funds from the MAAS Foundation, 2017

Acquisition Date

30 January 2017

Cite this Object


Chinese poster 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 18 August 2019, <>


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