Old Paper Cuts
rank among the most common and plentiful of artefacts used at Chinese
offerings and celebrations of all kinds. The only one to exceed them in
quantity is the joss paper. We have a very limited number of the latter in
the collection among which there may well be interesting pieces, collected
in Hong Kong during the late 1970s.
Used as offerings to Gods, Ghosts and Ancestors, paper cuts are
traditionally used at temple and other places of worship. The most well
known must be the so-called ‘Door-Gods’ at the entrance of a house, which
are replaced each Lunar New Year, but they are also used in a domestic
environment; as door gods, kitchen god and at Lunar New Year activities.
A great variety is used for as many different occasions. Used often in
pairs, one the mirror image of the other.