embroidery, playing children, paintings of herders, mode of picturing integrates
The work presented in this paper is mainly focused upon a embroidery Nine Goats Heralding the New Year (National Palace Museum, Taipei, hereinafter called the ‘Heralding the New Year’), and proposes to find out which category of traditional Chinese painting mode this embroidery Heralding the New Year belongs to.
Child imagery is exceptionally meaningful to China, prevalent in depictions of “women of the court” (gongzhong tu, 宮中圖) and “playing children” (yingxi tu, 嬰戲圖) that have appeared in paintings, textiles and ceramics since Tang dynasty. However, the prevalent motif of this embroidery Heralding the New Year, a boy ride a goat, was non-existent in Chinese visual art before. Moreover, stream rarely occurred in “playing children” paintings. In fact, embroidery Heralding the New Year resembles paintings of herders (fangmu tu, 放牧圖), but in the tradition of herder paintings, shepherd boy is usually depicted in a countryside settings that would evoke the viewer’s empathy with the subject’s ease and tranquilit