景華工坊版畫: 加冠晉祿 Jia Guan and Jin Lu
Jia Guan and Jin Lu
A civil officer can be seen holding a minister’s hat (“Guan” in Chinese) with a stork (also “Guan” in Chinese) standing beside him. “Guan” in Chinese implies promotion and increment at work, and getting a raise consistently. Another civil officer is depicted as holding a wine glass (“Jue” in Chinese) in hand while a deer (“Lu” in Chinese) is standing by his side. “Lu” also means wealth and salary in Chinese while “Jue” symbolises official position and title of honour. Together “Jia Guan” and “Jin Lu” symbolise promotion and wealth.
About Woodblock Printing
Woodblock printing is a form of traditional folk art which involves techniques such as wood carving, printing, and painting. Woodblock printing is present in our everyday lives - illustrations in old books, trademark, packaging, New Year prints, portraits of deities, paper amulets and joss papers are among valuable art pieces in traditional folk art.
Putting up New Year prints is a custom practised in East Asia. It is called New Year print because it reflects the beliefs underlying Chinese New Year, that is to pursue good fortune and avoid disasters. As such, the content of the prints is mostly related to avoiding evil spirits and welcoming auspicious energy.