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The collection started in 1992, in Macau (South China) and is growing since. Now contains over 500 prints from 9 different Provinces in the PRC and 5 other places in the Chinese world.
The collection isn't restricted to traditional ritual papers, but includes modern decorative folk prints as well.
A concise scope of the collection in January 2004 is as follows:


Shaanxi Province


Most of the Fengxiang prints in the collection are modern ones, marked with "Shi Xing huaju" (Shi Xing printshop), the official seal of the painter's association of Xi Feng... (more)


Somewhere in the Shaanxi province, very interesting "zhima" and amulets were printed with representations of old Chinese coins and bills... (more)


Guangdong Province


Foshan is well represented in the collection with prints marked "Junji", reissued by the Foshan City Museum tn the 90's, and prints produced for the real market... (more)


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Hong Kong Island depends on the Guangdong province and depended mainly on Foshan for the supply of ritual products and papers, but this does not mean that all items... (more)


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Henan Province


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Sichuan Province


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Jiangsu Province


In our modest oppinion today's Taohuawu prints are technically the finest of China, the honnorable heirs of the pre-1863 Suzhou School... (more)


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Shanxi  Province


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Tianjin Province


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Hebei Province


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Shandong Province


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The internal catalogue of the Westminster university poster collection (from the 70's) states that the prints from Yong Sheng He of Yanzhou are modern ones... (more)


Unknown origin in PRC


A few Chinese prints in the collection are yet to be identified. That is one of the things the Internet could be better used for, cooperative cataloguing work... (more)




The most important village for New Year prints in Vietnam is Dong Ho, the home of the clan Nguyen Dang, that claims to be a printers family for 20 generations... (more)


Acquisition place, as all researchers know, is not the same as origin place, and it's probably the case of this print bought in Dalat (central Vietnam) in 1992... (more)


Hang Trong Street (former Tu Thap hamlet or Drum St.) is where the last traditional printer of Hanoi, Le Dinh Nghien, still paints his beautiful and colourful images for the Tet festival... (more)




Tibet is a peculiar place with a sincretism of local (Bon), Indian and Chinese traditions. This beautifully carved "Green Tara" print has a very strong Indian character... (more)




Most prayer flags in the collection were bought among Tibetan refuggee communities in Nepal and for that reason are catalogued here... (more)




Singapore is poorly represented with only one print in the collection, and one print that may even not have been produced there... (more)




Overseas Chinese markets like the San Francisco/Oakland area and other american chinatowns are mainly supplied with ritual papers by the Guangdong province... (more)

      This page was last updated on 02/02/04 .