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Chinese Gods of Old Trades

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Chinese Gods of Old Trades
Publisher: Foreign Languages Press
Author: Wang Shucun
Size: 20mo

Brief Introduction:

Most of the trades had their trade associations or guilds for the purpose of protecting their interests. As each guild called for a leader, there appeared protective trade gods or originating masters who were honoured as guild leaders. China has since ancient times had the tradition of giving moral instructions to people by painting pictures that tell people to learn from the sages and keep away from evil persons. The statues of the originating masters and protective gods of various trades in the temples and shrines of the ordinary people in the past and the "paper horse" pictures and prints of gods worshipped by artisans form a great treasure trove of Chinese art.
This book has been carefully compiled by sorting out and displaying the images of ancient Chinese trade gods and their artistic value. The author has spent a lifetime in collecting a large number of pictures and prints of Door Gods, Kitchen God, God of Wealth, etc. The book lists the gods worshipped by different trades in ancient China and reproduces their images. The 100 and more images of originating masters and protective gods reproduced in this book are selected from among as many as 1000 pictures in the compiler??collection. There are also pictures of shops and work places of various trades. Through these pictures, the "paper horse" pictures and prints in particular, readers may gain some idea about the gods worshipped by the various trades in ancient China, take a close look at the art and see what life was like in bygone days.
About the author: Born in 1923 in Tianjin, Wang Shucun is a graduate of the Tianjin Art School and later studied art history at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. He is a research fellow at the China Art Academy, a council member of the Society of Chinese Folklore and vice-chairman of the Society of Chinese Folk Art and has long been engaged in the study of folk art. In the first half of his lifetime, he has collected as many as 10000 folk New Year pictures, dolls, sacrificial pictures and papercuts and published 41 books in China and abroad, including A History of Chinese New Year Pictures, The Art of Chinese Folk Paintings,"Engravings on Stone?in the Compendium of Chinese Art, Woodblock Prints of Peking Opera, The Art of Letter Paper and New Year Pictures of the Stories of the Three Kingdoms. Some of the books have won national and international awards. For his achievement in the study of Chinese folk art, he has been invited on lecture tours to Australia, the former Soviet Union, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. He has done much in sorting out, studying and disseminating Chinese folk art.


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