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Gods in My Home: Chinese New Year with Ancestor Portraits and Deity Prints

The Royal Ontario Museum presents an exhibition showcasing the connection between Chinese lunar new year and ancestral paintings.

September 29, 2019 12:00pm

Gods in My Home brings together Chinese ancestral paintings and traditional popular prints, and examines the unexplored connection between these two seemingly separate genres in the context of Chinese Lunar New Year. These images reflect a Chinese view of reverence and the belief that these portraits and prints were capable of blessing and protecting the prosperity of family lines.

Visitors are invited to explore beautiful objects including New Year prints and paintings, ancestral portraits, paper gods and ceramics, and discover the shared family values, ritual concepts, belief in visual powers and common traditions that bind them. Experience these compelling and never-before-seen images through an artistic lens in this ROM original exhibition.


Text and photo from the Royal Ontario Museum