Heavenly Officials with Symbols for Success in Examinations, Happiness, and Good Fortune (Diptych)Artist(s)ChineseArtist NationalityChinese (culture or style)Object Creation Date19th-20th centuryMedium & Supportwoodblock print on paperDimensions
21 in x 13 3/4 in (53.34 cm x 34.92 cm)Credit LineGift of Sharlynn and Andrew Circo, in memory of Sotokichi KatsuizumiSubject matter
The larger figure is a 'Heavenly official' wearing elaborate Qing-style court robes. His robe features a white crane in the center, which symbolizes peace and longevity, and also depicts his rank. He is holding a dish and there seems to be a speech bubble coming out of the dish with Chinese characters that depicts "double happiness," which is a symbol for good luck, especially for a marriage. The boy figure is holding a wind chime decoration and there are Chinese characters on in which represent an analogy that means "success with examinations lead to a rise in status". The direct translation of the Chinese characters translates to "thunder on the ground," referring to the vibration caused by scholars. This metaphor of sudden changes is analogous to the sudden rise in reputation or status. Physical Description
Left panel of a diptych featuring a figure dressed in an elaborate robe with a crane motif. He is holding a dish in one hand and there is a smaller figure behind him. The smaller figure is holding up a wind chime decoration that features Chinese characters. Both figures are facing right.Primary Object Classification Print Primary Object Typecolor printCollection AreaAsianRights
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