Ancient murals shine in Bao’an

A 1908 mural in Bogang Community in Shajing Subdistrict.

A 1908 mural in Bogang Community in Shajing Subdistrict.

A 1908 mural in Bogang Community in Shajing Subdistrict.

A late Qing Dynasty mural in Lequn Community in Xixiang Subdistrict.

A 1907 mural in Gushu Community in Xixiang Subdistrict.

The “Eight Immortals” mural created in 1819 in Fuyong Subdistrict.

Murals are a signature part of ancient Lingnan-style architecture and in Bao’an, more than 1,000 murals have been preserved from hundreds of years ago.

The ancient houses are richly decorated with paintings on beams, ceilings and walls. The paintings, either in black ink or in colored pigments, depict scenes from Chinese classical literature, folk tales, historical and legendary figures, and landscapes along with flowers, birds, fish and insects.

The 200-year-old “Eight Immortals” mural inside Maoshangong Family School in Fenghuang Old Village was created in 1819. With a length of 4.08 meters and width of 0.8 meters, the mural is the oldest and largest in Shenzhen.

In addition to traditional Chinese landscape murals, modern objects like cars, ships and Western-style buildings can also be found in some murals created in the early 1900s, showcasing Bao’an people’s connection with overseas Chinese.

The peony is one of the more commonly seen flowers in Bao’an’s murals, for its nicknames of “flower of wealth and honor” and “king of the flowers” in Chinese culture. Red cup-shaped kapok flowers, a common plant in South China, were also a favorite of mural painters in Bao’an.

(Source:Szdaily.com)


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