Beijing souvenirs: Mao monkey handicrafts
Monkeys are old Beijing Han Chinese traditional arts and crafts. As a monkey nature elf, it's smart, lively, reveals a natural taste. I speak of here is not the nature of the monkey, but the old Beijing traditional art unique to a Han, monkeys natural taste of art and the artist's creative monkeys perfect combination, creating a wonderful realm of art.
According to legend Dynasty, the Beijing Xuanwu outside Luomashi Avenue pharmacy company called "South Qing Ren Tang," the. One day, a store dispensing of a small boy because I can not wait a good accountant and Mr. savagely swearword, a small boy afraid of losing their jobs had to swallow. In the evening, when he was idly playing with herbs in boredom, the cicada has stumbled across some features of the image, could not help the hearts of a move, they decided to create a Chinese herbal medicines, "Mr. accountant." He chose to do magnolia trunk, they were intercepted cicada's nose to make head, front legs do the lower limbs, upper limbs do hind legs with a stick Baiji, a person is not human, monkey no monkey's image appeared. Older students showed a look, but also very like Jianzuihousai said Mr. accountant. Little boy feel very happy, be out of breath. In this way, inadvertently world's first monkeys born. And then spread to the community is to be perfect heart, and gradually form a much-loved arts and crafts.
When the Early Republic, there is a stall in the East Market monkeys artist, because his surname Wang, people called him "monkey Wang." His Tanqian often surrounded by a group of people, there is a little boy named Cao so fascinated, a look that is most of the day, watch and record side asked, secretly monkeys learned the art of hand, the little boy became monkeys crafts heir, he is the artist Cao monkeys instrument simple.
Cao meter Jane, was born in Beijing in 1925, Manchu, Cao Xueqin nineteenth-generation descendant of the family. He not only inherited the traditional art of monkeys, and also development, open up a new realm of art, showing the new world, the new content. He not only the folk customs, portraying historical figures, but also created a lot of lashing ugly, point out satires ills, is simply a sub-three-dimensional cartoon is really varied and fun.
His large-scale works "No Tiger Mountain," Look mountainous peaks, mountains. Foot of the mountain, a group of monkeys to diverge, holding machetes, carrying spears, pen straight section reckoned. Peak hill, winding paths of the Department, is more guarded monkeys, all of them angry staring eyes, heavily armed, vigilant, kind of over-solemn atmosphere, express a "in the mountains tiger, monkey, said King," a unique theme. Another of his works, "Beijing's old hutong foot of the wall," the last one-piece folk works here combined, merged into a lively scene: playing craft, small trading ...... rich in content, revealing a rich overflow Han old Beijing folk culture. This piece was awarded the "40th anniversary of the founding of Folk Art Award", and Chinese Folk Art Museum collection.
In 1990 he was invited to the Grand View Garden monkeys held a personal exhibition, set up a "folk articles, articles Asian Games, cautionary articles", which he engaged monkeys artistic creation results show. There are traditional themes of work, living reproduction of the old Beijing folk Han: pull rickshaw, selling bean curd, wedding. There are vivid manifestation of people's lives today: eat shabu child, playing table tennis, volleyball. There are mocking social ills: the confused officer, cures blind disease, bragging and so on.
Cao made the instrument simple crafts million pieces, not only in domestic reputation, but also by the friendly people of the favorite countries in the world, has contributed to international cultural exchange.