MS 7414 Chinese design relating to a long good life

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Physical Description:
1 Sheet
35 x 59 cm

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
In the center of the print is the round mystic symbol for shou, which means long life. In each of the four corners is a bat, a symbol of longevity along with prosperity and happiness. In the borders are plum blossoms and bamboo leaves, both of which represent longevity, strength, and endurance. A fifth bat appears in the border and five bats represent the Five Blessings--age, health, wealth, virtue, and a natural death.

Custodial History
Gift of Miss A. T. Thayer, December 11, 1925. Transferred from the artifactual collection by Chang-su Houchins, August 1986.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
NAA MS 7414
NAA INV 10000076

Local Note
Local Note
Description based on research by Emily Hoover, summer volunteer, Department of Anthropology, 1986.
Local Note
Woodcut print in purple ink on yellow paper (frayed).

Using the Collection
Manuscript 7414, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

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National Anthropological Archives
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