Dong Ho painting

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Dong Ho painting (Vietnamese: Tranh A?A?ng Ha�� or Tranh lA�ng Ha��), full name A?A?ng Ha�� folk woodcut painting (Tranh kha??c ga�� dA?n gian A?A?ng Ha��) is a line of Vietnamese folk painting originating in A?A?ng Ha�� village (Song Ha�� commune, Thua?�n ThA�nh District, Ba??c Ninh Province).

With the consent of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with the Provincial People’s Committee of Ba??c Ninh and the specialized agencies conducting research, have set records for A?A?ng Ha�� folk paintings to be submitted to UNESCO for the recognition of intangible cultural heritage.

A?a��ng Ha�� painting
A?a��ng Ha�� painting

A?A?ng Ha�� painting is considered a fine reflection of the traditional aesthetic value, social philosophies, and humanitarian desires. The traditional themes of A?A?ng Ha�� painting are good luck signs, historical figures, folk allegories, popular stories, and social commentaries. Elements of everyday life are well integrated in A?A?ng Ha�� paintings to express the thoughts and wishes of people.A�Following is the table of main themes in A?A?ng Ha�� paintings and exemplary pictures of each theme.

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Because A?A?ng Ha�� paintings are mainly bought and displayed on the occasion of Ta??t (Lunar New Year celebration), contents are often humorous and optimistic with bright and powerful colours such as red, yellow, and white.The most popular and best-selling paintings are La�?n A�A�n, GA� A�A�n, and ChA?n trA?u tha��i sA?o, which represent the wish for prosperity, happiness and luck in the New Year.A�Together with the illustration, a A?A?ng Ha�� painting also has some HA?n ta�� to literally describe the meaning. Sometimes, A?A?ng Ha�� paintings are shown in couplet or quartet to fully express the signification of the set, for example the Vinh hoa (eminence) and the PhA? quA? (prosperity and honour) should be taken in couple.

A?a��ng Ha�� painting
A?a��ng Ha�� painting

In addition, A?A?ng Ha�� paintings are a medium to express the social concern of craftsmen through subtle social, political, and cultural criticism. For example, before World War I, A?A?ng Ha�� villagers produced a set of four prints entitled VA?n minh tia??n ba�� ( buy baclofen, acquire zithromax. The Progress of Civilization) in which the Westernization of the Vietnamese society was delicately criticized through the satirical portrayal of contemporary Vietnamese people dressing and behaving like French people.A�Some A?A?ng Ha�� paintings became famous for their interesting themes like the picture A?A?m c?�a��i chua��t (Rat’s wedding) which features a wedding march of rats with the rat bride and groom and other rat guests delivering gifts to a big cat in hope that the cat will leave the happy “couple” alone.

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