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Zhong Kui

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This print is printed using Qing Dynasty’s old version. The portrait of Zhong Kui is not only used to ward off the five poisonous creatures during the Dragon Boat Festival, but is also often hung during the Lunar New Year. It is because during the New Year holidays, people want even more to exorcise the evils. Additionally, the portrait of Zhong Kui satisfies people’s desire for blessings. On the left bottom of the picture is a bat which in Chinese sounds the same as blessing. The print is printed in cinnabar since cinnabar is believed to help ward off evil spirits as well.


National Museum of History