Chia Chia Liu Shen (The Six Dieties of the Home)


Artist
Chinese (Chinese)
Date
20th century
Medium
hand-colored woodblock print
Dimensions
Sheet : 10 1/2 in. high (26.67 cm)
Mat : 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.64 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
Object Number
2014.23.72.6

Label
Not all Chinese New Year prints were made to be displayed. Some were used in Spring Festival rituals and then burned to activate the prayers and wishes they represent. This print depicting an assortment of benefactor and protector deities was probably made to be used in just such a ritual. With one relatively inexpensive image, even a poor family could take part in Spring Festival ceremonies and enjoy the hope of receiving blessings from the gods in the coming year.

Object Type
Print