MS 7415 Chinese calendar for the year 1882

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Physical Description:
1 Sheet
33 x 50 cm

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The calendar is divided into several panels. Tables in Chinese writing occupy small rectangular panels in the four corners and pictures occupy the remaining panels. The table in the two top corners marks months and seasonal dates, such as the spring equinox, summer solstice, and so forth. The table occupying the two bottom corners note forbidden, or unlucky, days and auspicious days. Symbols of good fortune and prosperity are written in various places on the calendar. The border drawings show the gods of wealth and good luck, and the drawings at the top show immortals in the South Heaven Portal, possibly dead relatives of the original owner of the calendar. In the center is a drawing of a man and a woman, probably the Kitchen Gods.
Scope and Contents
Underneath the gods of the kitchen kneels a man giving offerings. This man is probably supposed to represent the owner of the calendar. Calendars such as these were mass-produced and sold to Chinese families to be pasted on the kitchen wall to keep track of important dates and as a reminder to worship the gods and the dead.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
NAA MS 7415
NAA INV 10000077

Local Note
Local Note
Description based on research by Emily Hoover, summer volunteer, Department of Anthropology, 1986.
Local Note
Woodblock print in black, blue, red, and yellow on thin white paper

Using the Collection
Manuscript 7415, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Custodial History
Custodial History
Gift of Miss A. T. Thayer, December 17, 1925. Transferred from the artifactual collection by Chang-su Houchins, August 1986.
Custodial History
Previously titled "1882 calendar."

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Language and languages -- Documentation Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chinese -- Calendar Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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National Anthropological Archives
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