By Jin Zhilin

A part of the Cultural China sequence, this e-book is an ideal access for an individual looking an advent to chinese language folks arts. It offers an in-depth examine folks arts, project severe dialogue of the center features and social context of assorted types, in addition to an outline of folks artists themselves. the writer deals a close research of the technical elements that recur, from constitution to paint choice. With complete colour photos and illustrations.

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Two rabbits with double Ruyi have the meaning of giving birth to precious sons one after another. A wedding song used by the people of the loess plateau has “double walnuts and double jujubes, double sons and daughters chasing around. ” With the art of paper-cut, “every cut has a meaning of its own” said the grandmother who made this art work of multi-lateral, collective symbols and cultural codes with the theme of life and propagation. If a paper-cut for window decoration could be a tourist book of northern Shaanxi, “Baby with coiled hair” would be an orchestra of the paper-cut art.

Traditional porcelain “Happy baby” is still being made today at a porcelain cellar known for manufacturing the Song Dynasty porcelain in Yu county of Henan Province. Funerals and Memorial Services T he keynote for funeral and memorial service is spiritual eternity and continuation of life after death. This is also the main theme of Chinese folk art works on the subject. Death at old age is a normal course of life referred to as “passing away” or “return to heaven”, which means back to mother’s body of the universe.

The colorful paper-cuttings against the white window paper liner definitely add a delightful atmosphere. In here, rat, squirrel, rabbit and golden pheasant are male; and lotus flower, pumpkin, grape, cabbage, peach are female. Putting animals and plants implies combining male and female for multiplication. In the upper and middle reaches of the Yellow River, gi� bread for wedding ceremony from the maternal family is a round bread made of two connecting fish, or a tiger head on a dragon body with a fish tail, with a world of living things plugged 37 Chinese Folk Arts 38 “Happy baby”.

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