Door Guard Zhao Gongming

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    In the popular-print tradition, door guards could be derived from stories and novels. Zhao Gongming is usually paired with the Daoist Master of the Burning Lamp, Randeng daoren. They were adversaries in the late seventeenth-century novel The Investiture of the Gods (Fengshen yanyi). Zhao rides a black tiger and brandishes his iron cudgel; his magic weapon, a pair of scissors, floats near his head. He holds a gold ingot, a symbol of wealth, because he sometimes functions as a god of wealth. Zhao Gongming’s appearance reflects theatre practices. In Chinese opera, face-painting conveys information about the temperament of the person being portrayed. Red indicates courage, loyalty and uprightness.

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    Details: Door Guard Zhao Gongming, woodblock print on paper, Qing dynasty, early 20th century, Weixian, China. (c) The Trustees of the British Museum

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