print (ritual & belief: representations)

Woodcut. New Year's print, printed in ink and colour on paper. It depicts two boys dressed like generals carrying a large ingot, which holds some of the Eight Treasures (ba bao) which include a pearl, double coins, interlocking lozenges, coral, ruyi sceptre and swastika. The whole image is within a medallion bordered by butterflies and flowers. This New Year print is printed from two woodblocks with the main image printed in black ink, while the details are printed in red watercolour. An inscription at the top of the print reads 'jixiang ruyi', which means: All the good luck you wish for.

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