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Chinese New Year Poster - The Door Gods
In China, the Door God is said to be able to protect a family if his portrait is pasted on the gate or door to the family's home. It's believed that the earliest images of the Door God were of brave brothers, Shen Tu and Yu Lei, who were capable of subduing spirits and exorcising ghosts. From the beginning of the Tang Dynasty, images of certain famous military officers in Chinese history or in Chinese literary works appeared on doors. Tang Dynasty generals Qin Qiong and Wei Chigong became popular figures in New Year paintings along with Song Dynasty military leaders Yang Zongbao and Mu Guiying, etc. The Door God was soon no longer the only theme for pictures pasted on doors. Other themes came to include a plump baby holding a fish, the Old God of Longevity, landscapes, birds and flowers, even common human figures. The messages in the pictures are usually good wishes or seasons greetings. The pictures are not only pasted on doors, but also in other places in Chinese homes. More, pictures are usually painted on to colorful paper, usually red which is seen by the Chinese as an auspicious color. And Portraits of the Door God always appear in couples pasted on both door leaves. This poster is titled “Auspicious Tiger Generals”. Created by Xi Wu, published by TianJin Yang Liu Qing Art Publishing House, printed by TianJin People’s Publishing house, and distributed by Tianjin Xinhua bookstore, this poster was printed in January 1991 and the price of the item was 60 cents. Size: 30” by 21”.


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