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Colored Lantern

Chinese lanterns also referred to as the Lantern and it was originated in the Western Han Dynasty 1800 years ago. Before or after the annual Lunar New Year Lantern Festival, people hang red lanterns which symbolize reunion sense to create a festive atmosphere. Later, it became a symbol of the Chinese lantern festival. Colored lanterns through inheritance and development of ancient artists, forming a colorful variety and superb craftsmanship. Divided from the categories, there are: palace lanterns, gauze lantern, chandeliers and more. In terms of its shape, there are: figures, landscapes, flowers and birds, dragon, fish and insects, etc. In addition, there are revolving scenic lantern designed for people to play. China's Lantern combines painting, paper cutting, paper models, barbed joints and other technology, made of bamboo, wood, rattan, straw, horn, metal, and other materials produced in many different regions. Among all the ancient Chinese lantern, palace lantern and gauze lantern are the most famous.


















Around the lantern with national and local characteristics: Shanghai's dragon colored lantern is made of cloth; Guangdong revolving scenic lantern has exquisite structure; Beijing palace lanterns have an elegant feel. Colored lantern is a unique invention of Ancient Chinese people thus making it a treasure in Chinese culture.

Chinese colored lantern of art embodies the wisdom and ingenuity Han nationality, which constitutes abstract, quasi-shaped sculpture, graphic painting, decoration and light moving mechanism in one. It is a comprehensive space art with strong ethnic characteristics. This paper analyzes this unique species of the Chinese traditional culture and art. It is an overview of the historical development of colored lantern art, type, production methods, and the combination of culture and folk connotation, explained the role of the arts in the Han folk lantern life: it's not just the holiday decorate and aesthetic object, but also a widespread presence and infinite life care.


















The fifteenth day of the first lunar month is the first full moon night of the New Year. According to legend, Emperor Ming of Han Dynasty ordered on the 15th night of the first lunar month to hang lanterns in the palace and temple in order to promote Buddhism. Thereafter colored Lantern lights became a tradition in Lantern Festival. The tradition of hanging lanterns on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month in Han Dynasty has been preserved. The habit of lantern display of lights gradually spread from the palace to the Han people. And at the same time, there has been a series of lanterns and other folk activities.

Enjoy lanterns has become a common practice in the Northern and Southern Dynasties. Around the Sui Dynasty, the Han folk carnival activities also joined with the custom of hanging colored lanterns at festivals. In the period of Emperor Yang of Sui, he would arrange stages on a large scale both inside and outside the palace. There would be Bali dance and acrobatic games, large sheets of lantern lights would be hanged and people all over the country gathered here. In Tang Dynasty, with the development of social productive forces and prosperous economy, a more ambitious scale of the Lantern Festival became a Han folk festivities. Since then, the custom of lantern show on the fifteen day of the first lunar month has been formed. During the Lantern Festival, Song and Ming dynasties were particularly prosperous.

Colored lantern has many species and changing shapes with distinctive production techniques. By modeling, it can be divided into shaped lantern (such as fish lantern, tiger lantern, lotus lantern, archway lantern, vases lantern, the word lantern, the Eight Immortals lantern) and geometric lantern (such as a circle gauze lantern, square lantern, Pentagon lantern); by combinations, it can be divided into single lanterns, picture lanterns and set lantern (such as mountain lantern, tree lantern, floor lantern, bead lantern); according to process material, it can be divided into cloth lantern, paper lantern, glass lantern, filament lantern, jade lantern, beads lantern, horn lantern, horn lantern, wheat strip lanterns, bamboo lanterns, etc. however, in order to reach this scale is not easy. Since the Han Dynasty, all kinds of lighting lantern laid the foundation for the future development of the colored lantern arts and crafts style.



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