moon shan (Print)

About this object

History of use

These images are pasted one on each of the vertical double doors typical of south Chinese houses, facing each other. They are pasted there at 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 are guardian spirits.

Physical description

Pair of rectangular papers, each printed in black outline, with an armed military class door god in green, red, yellow and purple. Faces and background are orange. White paper left uncoloured in some places. Figures are 65.5 cm. high. Each faces the opposite way and part (a) is wearing a green skirt, and part (b) is wearing a red skirt.