Longevity Spirit Money, from Taiwan (2 prints)Artist(s)TaiwaneseObject Creation Date20th centuryMedium & Supportred ink on paperDimensions
12 1/2 in. x 8 1/4 in. ( 31.7 cm x 21 cm )Credit LineGift of Ellen and Richard LaingSubject matter
This is a block print with red ink. The large Chinese character is "longevity" and the surrounding smaller charactesr translate to "happiness," "blessing," and "wealth." It it a piece of spirit money, which is a kind of imitation money. Spirit money, also known as joss money or heaven money, is typically burned as an offering when worshipping to gods, ghosts, or ancestors. Physical Description
Block print with red ink and white space. There is a floral border and in the center of it is one large Chinese character and other smaller characters around it. Two coins are on each side of the large center Chinese character. Primary Object Classification Print Primary Object Typecolor printRights
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blessing (religious function)