Kitchen God Print for 1911 宣統三年歲次辛亥

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Here’s a woodblock print of the kitchen god, Zaojun, and his wife. These follow a standard pattern and while a nice, colourful example, there’s nothing remarkable about the illustration. The small uppermost panel shows Guanyin (note her parrot to the right, her vase to the left), attended by her child acolytes Longnü and Shancai. The gold ingots at the far …

Hallock’s Gods

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It’s unusual to be able to date old Chinese woodblock prints – the same designs were often used for decades, and the cheap paper that they’re printed on ages badly (I’ve got a sun-bleached stove god print with a calendar for 1989, which looks at least a century older). However, I do know that the three prints below all date …