papercut (art)

Beige papercut depicting five bats surrounding a 'shou' character (longevity) amid floral background within a roundel, done by knife-cutting technique, pasted on cream paper. This representation of five bats holding a 'shou' character forms a rebus 'wu fu peng shou' wishing for the Five Blessings (heatlh, long life, wealth, love of virtue and natural death) with particular emphasis on longevity.

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