sung chi (Print)

About this object

History of use

These figures may be pasted up, next to and facing each other, on the back wall of an ancestral hall, above the altar. They are pasted up at new year and remain during the year. They represent the wish that lineage members may have many sons, sons being essential to continue the lineage.

Narrative

Tsuen Wan is a market town in the new territories of Hong Kong.

Cultural context

new year

Iconographic meaning

The gods represented are 'gods who send sons', fertility gods. The fly whisk is a Buddhist symbol.

Physical description

Pair of rectangular papers, each printed in black outline with a god figure in red, yellow and green. White paper left uncoloured in some places; background and faces are are orange. God on part (a) is female, holding a fly whisk in her left hand and a baby in her right (46 cm. high). God in part (b) is male, right hand raised (46.5 cm. high).