Eight Immortals. This piece illustrates a scene of the Eight Immortals (only six shown in the picture), popular characters in Chinese legends and folklores, crossing the East Sea on a giant magical gourd. It is one of the best of its kind with its ingenious shaping as well as bright, beautiful colors.
Jiang Taigong & Zhao Gongming. Zhao Gongming is a deity in Taoism believed to be the disciple of Zhang Tianshi, namely, Celestial Master Zhang, who ordered Zhao to ride a black tiger and guard the sacred altar Xuan Tan, hence the alias “Black Tiger Xuan Tan” for Zhao. Jiang Ziya was a historical figure who was deified after his death. He is worshiped as a guardian deity for the Chinese people who believe that “there is nothing to be afraid of as long as Jiang Taigong is here”.
Two Immortals of Harmony. Legend has it that the Two Immortals of Harmony, also known as the Two Saints of Harmony, are in charge of happy marriages of people on earth. The two characters in this piece are quite likable with big smiles on face, one holding a lotus blossom while the other with a round case, both of which are their signature magical belongings signifying “harmony” and “accord” based on the homonym of “lotus” and “harmony” as well as “box” and “accord” in the Chinese language.
Bai Suzhen, attired in a white gown and holding a sword in hand, together with Xiaoqing in a blue dress who is carrying a sword on back and holding a magic flag in hand, both with frowning eyebrows and wide-open eyes, are preparing to beckon an outbreak of storm with magic to fight against the monk.
Farewell to My Concubine is a well-known Peking Opera based on the story of Xiang Yu (232-202 BC), the prominent warlord in the end of the Qin dynasty (221-207 BC) and his concubine Consort Yu. While being besieged by the troops of Xiang Yu’s rival Liu Bang (256-195 BC), Consort Yu, in order to die alongside her lover, committed suicide when performing sword dance for Xiang Yu.
Giving the Pearl Tower as Gift from The Pearl Tower. Adapted from the famous Wuxi Opera The Pearl Tower which tells a love story between Fang Qing and Chen Cui’e, this piece displays the most important scene, “giving the pearl tower as a gift”, in the opera with two beautifully-shaped and elegantly-hued characters, in which the female protagonist Chen Cui’e holding a parcel wrapped in a piece of blue cloth with floral patterns while the gentleman holding a red oil-paper umbrella, a typical raingear used in Jiangnan of China.
Lions, a fierce beast of prey, have been seen as the symbol of power and the talisman of warding off all evil beings in the Chinese culture. Therefore, statues of lions have been favorable choices by both the royal and civilian families to guard the gates.
This piece shows a scene of a chubby toddler, sitting on the back of a large lion with an embroidered silk ball in hand, playing with the small lion in front of him. The combination of lions and embroidered silk balls signifies fortunes and happiness, while the group of big and small lions conveys wishes for “plenty of offspring”.
Round A Fu. Big A Fu, namely, adorable chubby babies, have been the most distinctive and representative variety of Huishan Clay Figurines. Legend has it that A Fu brings peace and fortune, and fends off fierce monsters as well as evil beings. That’s why clay figures of A Fu have been seen as mascots that enjoy high popularity among the Chinese people.
This pair of A Fu in the round shape applied the eye-catching contrast colors of red and blue, and meticulous and refined colored painting.
The Taking of Tiger Mountain. Adapted from a play of the same name based on the household novel Tracks in The Snowy Forest by Qu Bo, the modern revolutionary opera The Taking of Tiger Mountain tells a story about how a small squad of Northeast China Democratic United Army led by Shao Jianbo defeating the gangs headed by Lord Hawk whose fortress atop the Tiger Mountain by the Yang Zirong infiltrating Hawk’s stronghold posing as a fellow bandit.
A Raid on White Tiger Rigement. The modern Peking Opera A Raid on White Tiger Regiment was adapted from the heroic experience of Yang Yucai, a vice platoon sergeant of the Chinese People’s Volunteer Army, in the Jincheng Battle of the Korean War. It was recognized as one of the eight revolutionary model operas during the Cultural Revolution.