There are many different ways of showing love during Valentine’s Day, and in our Six Arts Museum collection, we can see love and partnership represented in the stories of traditional China folk art.
The wood statues made in the Qing Dynasty mostly feature individuals yet occasionally we can find couples, for instance, the Kitchen God and his wife, who enjoy great popularity among the Chinese.
The Kitchen God and his wife
Due to the symmetry of architectural structure, 雀替 [què tì], the architectural components, are also set in pairs. So the design is usually based on images of couples, for instance, the Chinese Love Gods, “the Twin Fairies of He He”.
The Chinese Love Gods
“the Twin Fairies of He He”
In the Ancient Chairs Gallery of our museum, all types of chairs are also displayed in pairs, as this is how they were traditionally placed in residential halls.
In the newly-opened Patterned Cases and Gift Boxes Gallery, the lovely designed cases and exquisite boxes are also displayed in pairs.
Besides the auspicious significance of even numbers, the exhibits displayed in pairs have inspired the creativity of the craftsmen.
The gift boxes on display were mainly used for weddings, and their beautiful design in sets of two added meaning to the festive wedding celebrations.
The Six Arts Museum is home to many types of Gods of love as well as auspicious exhibits in pairs, representing the stories and traditionas of love that has been passed down through the generations. On behalf of all of us at Six Arts, we wish you and the one you love a happy Valentine’s Day!