Traditional New Year painting - A clutch of chicken / Chicken (Vietnamese: Gà đàn)

Southeast Asian Collection

Accession Nr.: 86.30.4
Type: woodblock print
Date of production:
second half of the 20th century
Place of production:
Materials/Techniques: paper, coloured woodblock print
Dimensions: height: 25. 4 cm
width: 36 cm
The picture, taken in the Ðông Hồ workshop in Vietnam, shows a hen feeding her chicks. The image embodies the farmer's aspirations of fertility and the joys of large family life.The title of the picture, Gà đàn (Chicken), is also a wish for good luck, happiness and wealth. Like the other pictures, it was made for the Tết (Lunar New Year) celebration.