May 21, 2012

Chinese Bacchanalia Mural

Wuchuan, 2012

Not a mural subject one would expect to see on an otherwise very ordinary tile house in this rural town of Wuchuan.


But this is no ordinary revelry.

This painting depicts the legendary Eight Immortals. These ancient folk heroes possess knowledge and powers that combined encompass the secrets of nature. They are revered by Daoists. Still popular today, they are often depicted together as a symbol of good fortune and longevity.

Linking with Monday Mural.

16 comments:

Carole M. said...

interesting to see what you've seen in your travels Francisca; I enjoy the travelling via cyberspace; thanks for sharing.

cieldequimper said...

Long life to the dwellers of this home!

Andy said...

It seems like every time I view your blog I learn something new about the Chinese. Nice mural and keep on clicking.

Kate said...

It's a lovely mural and thanks for the explanation.

Linda said...

Very nice photo of the mural. Wonder if the family has money - I can't imagine it would be inexpensive to do that to the side of your house! Thanks for the info also - if I could only retain a small piece of what I have learned out here in blogland, I would be SO informed!

Cezar and Léia said...

Lovely mural with an important and beautiful message! :)
Léia

La Principessa Errante said...

I find the contrast of the lovely, and well kept tile mural above the barred window especially telling. Great find!

Rae Walter said...

Thank you Farncisca for sharing information about this Chinese mural.

RedPat said...

Lovely tile work and a good history lesson too!

NixBlog said...

Great shot of this wonderful mural. That's what I love about travelling: Learning something new all the time seeing wonderful things and meeting some really nice people.

VioletSky said...

I imagine that the tiles would last longer than a painting, so I hope everyone likes this one!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

This tile mural couldn't be more auspicious for the family home. I didn't know until now that murals were used to decorate homes in China. Is it very common or a new phenomenon? Thanks for participating in this week's Monday Mural.

Francisca said...

Carolyn of ODP... you've seen my two previous posts on tiled paintings on homes (here and more recently here). I wouldn't say they are common for all of China. In Wuchuan this is the only one I've seen on a home so far. But there are communities here in southern Guangdong where they apparently were/are popular; see one, see many. The photos in my two previous posts were taken in such villages where paintings were/are valued. What IS more common is to see such painting on tiles in temples and on gates to villages. Will post some of those eventually, too.

Linda, owning a house would indicate that the family is well-to-do; but these tiles painted with an image are not so very expensive, unless the artist was famous.

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

Interesting bit of history! Still am surprised to see the mural on an ordinary house even knowing the story. (Just because I don't think of people being able to express their individuality in this way. Neat to know they can sometimes.)

Pat Tillett said...

Very interesting and certainly not something you'd expect to see on the outside of a house.

JM said...

This is lovely!