trade sign

Carved wooden shop sign advertising Autumn or Moon cakes, which are eaten at the moon festival on the 15th day of the 8th month. The inscription is of three raised black characters on red ground. It is decorated with openwork carving of flowers, leaves, and a bird painted in gold, identical on the obverse and reverse. The two Chinese characters ‘中秋zhong qiu’ in the horizontal inscription literally mean 'mid-autumn', also known as the moon festival. Underneath is carved one character ‘餅 bing’, which translates as ‘cake’.

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