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2017/2/38 Poster, 'Four Seasons Flowers', ink on paper, 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, 'Four Seasons Flowers', ink on paper, China, 1970s- 1990s

Physical Description

Poster in landscape orientation and printed in colour. The image is of a group of twelve, happy babies, seated on outdoor tiles, a garden in the background. They are bare chested and dressed only in nappies. The children hold stems of different types of flowers. A puppy, a kitten, chicks and doves are playing on the ground with the group. Above the image in red is the caption in Chinese characters.


Printed, front, bottom left hand corner, in black, a Chinese character and "014". Printed, front, bottom right hand corner, in black, Chinese characters and "657", Chinese characters, "659"



540 mm


790 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 20 August 2019, <>


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