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2017/2/36 Poster, 'Health and longevity (Jiankangchangshou)', ink on paper, Hong Kong, China, 1960s-1990s. Click to enlarge.

Chinese poster

Printed 1960-1999

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.

Summary

Object No.

2017/2/36

Object Statement

Poster, 'Health and longevity (Jiankangchangshou)', ink on paper, Hong Kong, China, 1960s-1990s

Physical Description

Poster in landscape orientation, printed in colour. The image on the poster depicts a group of six chubby babies playing with a giant peach on a red background. On the left hand side two babies are pushing the giant peach. On the right four babies are pulling the peach. All the babies are smiling and happy. Top left hand corner there are Chinese characters in yellow ink.

Marks

Printed, front bottom left hand corner, Chinese character, "015". Bottom right corner, Chinese characters.

Dimensions

Height

540 mm

Width

780 mm

Production

Printed

1960-1999

Source

Credit Line

Purchased with funds from the MAAS Foundation, 2017

Acquisition Date

19 January 2017

Cite this Object

Harvard

Chinese poster 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 8 December 2019, <https://ma.as/547950>

Wikipedia

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