A woodblock print on toned paper of an abstract rendition of a skyline of chimneys. There is perspective in the use of tall chimneys attached to their base structures, while chimenys in the distance remain shorter and thinner.
Polychrome woodblock print of a rooster holding a praying mantis in its mouth with four characters at top center framed by a floral scrolling border
As early as the sixth century AD, it was customary in China to paste an image of a rooster on the door on the first day of the lunar New Year to protect the household. The rooster is associated with the sun, and when the rooster crows it is believed that all darkness of evil disappears. The rooster holds a mantis in its beak. The pronunciation of the characters for "mantis" (tanglang) are similar in sound to those for "promotion to a high official post" (dang lang), implying that the rooster brings good fortune too the family. In addition, the pronunciation of the character for rooster (ji) is identical to that for "auspicious." Other, propitious motifs in this print include a branch of red coral (for wealth), a red peony (for honor) and a pointed green Artemisia leaf (whose strong scent provides protection against evil).
An abstract color print on a woodblock. Purple covers the left side of the print and ends in a turqoise stripe. A beige, ragged circle and a red, oblong rectangle take up the center of the print. They each have a brown marking.
Colors: black, brown, red, orane, green, blue. Torn at upper right corner. Previously folded under at bottom (approximately 8cm) and top (approximately 5cm) at calendered line. Paper size: lh 82 1/2cm & rh 84 1/5cm x w 62cm. Image size: l 59cm x tw 49 3/5cm & bw 51 3/5cm.