Chinese New Year's Poster

Accession Number

Chinese New Year's Poster

Artist Unknown

Object Creation Date
circa 1940

Medium & Support
color woodblock print on paper

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Credit Line
Transfer from the Asian Art Archives, Department of History of Art

Subject matter
This image shows two boys at play in a palace, surrounded by a circular floral border. The boys are dressed in elaborate red robes, signifying that they are upperclass children. The child on the right is holding a large bag filled with various toys. Four Chinese characters on top of the image translate to "good luck." In the Ming dynasty, families hoped for noble sons who would excel in their studies and place high in the civil service examination. Garden plants and toys serve as symbolic references to wealth, fertility, and distinguished success in officialdom. 

Physical Description
This print features a circular floral border and images of two child figures at play with a large bag of various toys. The children are dressed in elaborate red clothing, and there is a palace in the background. 

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children (people by age group)
play (recreation)
sons (people)

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