Bringing wealth and fortune - Chinese Zodiac Paintings from GuangZhou Musuem of Art
The origin of the Chinese Zodiac signs dates back to the Northern and Southern Dynasties. As time went on, 12 animals were used to symbolize the 12 earth branches. At that time, the ancient Chinese used a time division related to the number 12 and the 12 animals presented for the 12 years. Each of these 12 years is represented by an animals. These animals include the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, lamb, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. It is believed that the year of birth and the animal sign associated to it represents the character and traits of an individual. Thus, The 12 animals became the common theme of art creation in Chinese history.
The year of dragon is coming, we selected the Gems of Chinese Paintings from our museum’s collection. We hope that you would know more about the Chinese Zodiac through this exhibitons.