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CHINA Paper-Cut Pictures Collection - 56 Peoples of China - Chinese Folk Art

CHINA Paper-Cut Pictures Collection - 56 Peoples of China - Chinese Folk Art

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Paper-Cut Pictures Collection 56 Peoples of China

Here we have a scarce and interesting publication. We could find no other copies available to buy and no mention of the book in a google search.

The book is an oblong hardback measuring approx 28 x 21cm and is housed in a specially made box with yellow silk lining and silk lifting ribbon. The book is unpaginated but there are approx 70 pages. Each page has a couple of Chinese figures cut beautifully from paper and placed loosely under a plastic leaf. The plastic leaves can be lifted to examine the paper-cuts more closely if needed. The cut-outs are each accompanied by text in Chinese and English.

The art of paper cutting (jiǎnzhǐ 剪纸) in China may date back to the second century CE, since paper was invented by Cai Lun in the Eastern Han Dynasty in China. As paper became more affordable, paper-cutting became one of the most important types of Chinese folk art. Later, this art form spread to other parts of the world, with different regions adopting their own cultural styles. Because the cut-outs are often used to decorate doors and windows, they are sometimes referred to as chuāng huā (窗花), window flowers or window paper-cuts. People glued the papercuts to the exterior of windows, so the light from the inside would shine through the negative space of the cutout. Usually, the artworks are made of red paper, as red is associated with festivities and happiness in Chinese culture, but other colours were also used. Normally paper-cutting artwork is used on festivals like Spring Festival, weddings and childbirth. Papercuts always symbolize luck and happiness.

Taken from the Preface

Paper-cut is a folk handicraft among the Chinese Nation and it has a thousand years history. In the past people only used it as the window decoration which expressed a festive auspicious sign, beautiful wish. Inheriting it not only is art love but spirit pursuit. At the same it foil the custom noble spirit and sing the people's moral excellence and culture.


In good complete condition with all paper-cuts present. The box that holds the book is in lovely condition. The book is also in very good condition throughout. No names or writing to the book. Overall very good. Very Scarce.
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