The second of a pair of scrolls which should be read together. They are of red paper mounted on green paper, with five characters, for hanging above a domestic shrine. The script is a Chinese proverb. The first line (on this scroll1996.287) reads 祖宗雖遠久, which means ‘although our ancestors passed away long time ago’; and the second line (on 1996.286) reads 祭祀不可無, meaning ‘we should still offer sacrifices to them’.

This virtue of respecting one’s ancestors is known as filial piety in Confucian philosophy, which is considered to be a key virtue in Chinese culture.

It appears to be home made by the family, rather than purchased from a shop.

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