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Chinese Folk ARTS by Jin Zhilin

By Jin Zhilin

A part of the Cultural China sequence, this booklet is an ideal access for someone looking an advent to chinese language people arts. It offers an in-depth examine folks arts, venture critical dialogue of the center features and social context of varied kinds, in addition to an summary of folks artists themselves. the writer bargains an in depth examine of the technical facets that recur, from constitution to paint choice. With complete colour images and illustrations.

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New Year picture featuring all types of gods 46 are put out at Chinese New Year time for safeguard. On the 23 rd of the twelfth lunar month is to worship the cooking stove, replacing a year old woodcut of “stove god” with a new one for the New Year. Pasted on the two door leaves are two famous warriors from the Tang dynasty, door god “Shentu” and “Yulei,” carrying reed ropes ready to kill any approaching demons. On the shrine by the door steps is god of land; in the yard are gods from ten Woodcut Chinese New Year picture of “An armored horse” (Jianchuan, Yunnan).

Hua County, Shaanxi). it is customary to give chicken eggs, which are known as the “red egg” in Hunan in the Yangtze River valley. People also paste paper-cut “The tree of life” in bright red color on the red eggs as good-wish for the newborn. In the Yellow River basin where Social Context of Folk Arts 35 Floury flower dragon with a tiger head and a fish tail, carrying all living things in the universe on its back (Houma, Shanxi). flour is a staple food, people make steamed bread, symbolizing the domed universe.

As some argued, the sketches on each side were symbols of a fish net. The painting showed only the heads, the interpretation went on as: two fish nets were set open, and two people were in the water. Their feet being in the water were left out. It was implied that their hands were busy catching fish under the water. By closing in from two opposite sides, they made the fish running into the net. Their half closed eyes were a sub-conscious facial look when focused on catching fish. (Quote from My humble opinion on a few painted potteries.

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