Portfolio of Chinese New Year Woodcuts

Chinese (Chinese)
Circa 1930
Woodblock print, ink, color
: 15 1/2 x 13 3/4 in. (39.37 x 34.92 cm)
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Gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
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To celebrate the beginning of the lunar new year, many Chinese families traditionally decorated their homes with woodcut prints expressing their desire for health, wealth and happiness in the coming year. These new year prints came in a wide range of designs and varied in printing quality from very fine to quite crude. The prints displayed here were collected in Beijing in the 1940s and represent the type of prints that would have been used in the homes of poorer, working class families. Because such prints were typically burned or otherwise destroyed after a fixed period, they are actually quite rare to find in good condition today.

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