China's largest hand-painted door god pictures unveiled in Sichuan

11:06, January 26, 2011      

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Photo taken on Jan. 25 shows two giant hand-painted door god pictures displayed in front of Mianzhu New Year Picture Museum in Mianzhu City, southwestern China's Sichuan Province. (Photo by Li Xiaoguo, Xinhua)

Mianzhu New Year Picture Museum was destroyed in the deadly earthquake on May 12, 2008. After the quake, Jiangsu Province helped Mianzhu city rebuild the museum in October 2010. The two giant door god pictures were painted by eight folk artists over the course of three months. Each of the pictures is 10.5 meters high and 5.5 meters wide. The door gods on the two New Year pictures are Qin Shubao and Yuchi Jingde, two generals of the ancient Tang Dynasty.

A door god is a Chinese decoration placed on each side of an entry to a temple, home, business or other building and it is believed to prevent evil spirits from entering. The door gods usually come in pairs, facing each other. It is considered bad luck to place the figures back to back.

By Ye Xin, People's Daily Online


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