Door god facing right, Moon (New Year print)Artist(s)ChineseArtist NationalityChinese (culture or style)Object Creation Date20th centuryMedium & Supportwoodblock print on paperDimensions
30 15/16 in x 17 1/8 in (78.5 cm x 43.5 cm)Credit LineGift of Harold W. Stevenson, University of Michigan Professor Emeritus in PsychologySubject matter
This figure is one of the door gods. Above him is the "moon" character. The Chinese door gods are worshipped as spiritual guardians of the entrance. They are known for their trustworthiness, strength, and loyalty, and are suposed to keep evil spirits from entering. Door gods normally face each other in pairs because it is considered bad luck to place them back-to-back. Physical Description
The figure has a red face, black beard and mustache, and is dressed in a bright red, yellow, and blue robe and headdress. He is holding a staff in each hand and is facing right. Above him is the character "moon."Primary Object Classification Print Primary Object Typecolor printCollection AreaAsianRights
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