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2017/2/37 Poster, 'Welcome a Plentiful Year', ink on paper, printed in Hong Kong, 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.

Summary

Object No.

2017/2/37

Object Statement

Poster, 'Welcome a Plentiful Year', ink on paper, printed in Hong Kong, 1970s- 1990s

Physical Description

Poster in landscape orientation and printed in colour. The image shows a group of eight happy children, wearing festive clothing. In the centre of the group, a boy rides astride an ox, playing a flute. The other children are arranged in two rows on either side of the ox. Each of these children carry an item sybolising prosperity. There is a boquet of white peonies, a bough of (possibly) bamboo, a fat red fish, a sheaf of golden grain, a plate of peaches, a basket with cabages, vegetables and ears of corn and a rooster. A fat pink pig also trots amongst the children. The whole is set against a red background. Below the image on the left hand side in black in is a Chinese character followed by "026" and the caption "WELCOME A PLENTIFUL YEAR". To the right hand side below the image are Chinese characters.

Marks

Printed, front, bottom right hand corner, in black, "PRINTED IN HONG KONG"

Dimensions

Height

535 mm

Width

770 mm

Source

Credit Line

Purchased with funds from the MAAS Foundation, 2017

Acquisition Date

30 January 2017

Cite this Object

Harvard

Chinese poster 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 22 May 2019, <https://ma.as/547959>

Wikipedia

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