Year of the Dog

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Qing Late 19th Century


Ink and pigment on paper




overall 85" x 19.5" (216 x 49 cm); image 51" x 11.75" (129 x 30 cm)





There are 12 animal signs in the Chinese zodiac. Therefore, everyone that is born will have an animal identification. There are books that tell about the personalities and characteristics of people born in those particular years. It is an intriguing and interesting thing that people discuss and talk about. The following painting refers to an animal year. However the story that is related is not reflecting the character or personality of a person born in that year, but is simply a story in Chinese literature that came to mind with the artist who drew this painting. He was undoubtedly a scholar who loved to draw and used the excuse of creating a series of zodiac related paintings. That artist's name was Wang Su. The paintings were done in the late 19th century, before the end of the Qing Dynasty.
This painting refers to the year of the dog.

This is a story that takes place in the state of Xu. The story goes that the king had a concubine who did not give birth to a child in the normal way, but rather laid an egg like a chicken. This was considered to be very bad luck, so the egg was thrown away. A dog found the egg and took it to his old mistress. The old mistress felt that the egg must be very special, and incubated it. And from the came a small wrinkled baby. The old mistress raised the child. Eventually the child returned to the state of Xu and his father, and became the king.



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