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Arts asiatiques Images familières, images familiales : imprimés de la Chine rurale (XVIe-XIXe siècle)

Abstract : When discussing popular imagery in China, New Year Prints immediately come to mind, normally in their auspicious and most popular form, authorised and even recycled by Chinese official policies after 1949. This genre, together with that of book illustrations, is often honoured with studies on the printed image, particularly if the image’s technical quality is good. Instead, this short article, will introduce the subject of monochrome prints which are sometimes burnt during ritual ceremonies, and are often of rough quality. Some of these images were used to bring luck to a wedding or to a horoscope prediction. I will also mention the representation of ancestors and gods, both printed and painted. They too are images rooted in religious practice and in the system of beliefs and rites which formed the basis of the daily functions of traditional and rural society. Artistic value, technical finesse and aesthetic qualities are present in this production, but they are not the reasons used to justify the existence of this genre
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Michela Bussotti. Arts asiatiques Images familières, images familiales : imprimés de la Chine rurale (XVIe-XIXe siècle). Arts Asiatiques, École française d'Extrême-Orient, 2011, 66 (1), pp.33-44. ⟨10.3406/arasi.2011.1751⟩. ⟨halshs-02509215⟩



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