Ash Plastering or Ash Sculpture

Ash Plastering or Ash Sculpture

City: Foshan

About: Ash plastering or ash sculpture, commonly known as Wall Painting among the folk, is one of the architectural arts in the image of landscape, flowers, birds, animals, figures and handwriting etc.

The locals in Foshan and nearby districts like Nanhai, Shunde and Panyu like to use it for architectural decoration. In the general folk houses, wall paintings were put on the door heads, window frames, the top of the gable, eaves and tile ridges. For example, house ridges, attic ridges (commonly known as “Juan Ji” ), corridors, tile ridges of aisle walls (commonly known as “Kan Ji”), the top of gables (commonly known as “ Danwei” or “Bazi”), gate towers or the back of doors (commonly known as “Dao Qiao”) are decorated with ash plastering or painting. “Juan Ji(rolling ridge)” is mostly shaped as a ridge gripped by a divine turtle indicating the wish of winning a championship.

Ancestral halls and temples, such as Foshan Ancestral Temple, Lubao Ancestral Temple and Shunde Xishan Temple, are also abundant with exquisite ash sculptures which were based on myths, history, opera stories and characters, as well as the images of birds and beasts like phoenixes, peacocks, pheasants, tigers, lions and kylins. Reflecting people’s pursuit for exquisiteness and their wishes for good luck, ash plastering or wall painting has established itself as a unique local custom in folk architectures.

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