Lucky Motifs in Chinese Folk Art: Interpreting Paper-cut from Chinese Shaanxi


  • Xuxiao WANG Professor of Philosophy at School of Philosophy, Renmin University of China



Paper-cut, Shaanxi, lucky motifs, cultural heritage


Paper-cut is not simply a form of traditional Chinese folk art. Lucky motifs developed in paper-cut certainly acquired profound cultural connotations. As paper-cut is a time-honoured skill across the nation, interpreting those motifs requires cultural receptiveness and anthropological sensitivity. The author of this article analyzes examples of paper-cut from Northern Shaanxi, China, to identify the cohesive motifs and explore the auspiciousness of the specific concepts of Fu, Lu, Shou, Xi. The paper-cut of Northern Shaanxi is an ideal representative of the craft as a whole because of the relative stability of this region in history, in terms of both art and culture. Furthermore, its straightforward style provides a clear demonstration of motifs regarding folk understanding of expectations for life.






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  • Xuxiao WANG, Professor of Philosophy at School of Philosophy, Renmin University of China
    Professor of Philosophy at School of Philosophy, Renmin University of China


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29. 11. 2013

How to Cite

WANG, Xuxiao. 2013. “Lucky Motifs in Chinese Folk Art: Interpreting Paper-Cut from Chinese Shaanxi”. Asian Studies 1 (2): 125-43.

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