Art and the Rooster: Celebrating the Chinese New Year

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Representing fidelity and punctuality, the Rooster is the tenth in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac signs. In Chinese culture, the Rooster carries a symbolic significance with generally auspicious connotations. For ancestors, rooster crowing was a notable sign as it awakens people and ends darkness. Therefore chickens and roosters are among the most frequently seen animals in art, conveying the wish for good fortune on a brand new start. In celebration of Chinese New Year, we took a look at the use of this respectful motif in art, from classical painting to jewellery, and wish you all a happy and prosperous year of the Rooster!

Art and the Rooster: Celebrating the Chinese New Year

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