moon shan (Print)

About this object

History of use

These images are pasted on each of double doors, typical of south Chinese houses, facing each other. They are pasted there a new year and remain during the year. They are also used on the doors of temples and ancestral halls. They are believed to guard the building.

Cultural context

new year

Iconographic meaning

The door gods represented are guardian spirits.

Physical description

Pair of rectangular papers, each printed in black outline, with an armed 'door god' in red, yellow, and blue-green. Faces are red, background is orange. White paper left in some areas. Overlap of blue-green and orange produces olive in some places. Figures are 49 cm. high. Figure in part (a) is wearing a green skirt, figure in part (b) is wearing a red skirt.