Studio re-enactment of an opening ceremony for a Sze Yuen Ming (Yao Hua Studio) (耀華) photographic shop/studio, Shanghai

Studio re-enactment of an opening ceremony for a Sze Yuen Ming (Yao Hua Studio) (耀華) photographic shop/studio, Shanghai

Identifier

RA-m074

Notes

University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: RA-m074. A scan of a magic lantern slide. Royal Asiatic Society Library reference: Glass Slide.00/(074). The banners congratulate the opening of the new shop/studio. For example, on the leftmost banner, the line of smaller character on the right-hand side is 耀華寶號 開張之喜 (耀華) (= happy grand opening of the Yao Hua treasure house). The first character of the larger characters on the left-hand banner is out of the picture, but from the structure of the verse, it should be the same as the third, which is ‘month’. The last character is behind the back of a chair, but should be the one for ‘long’. The whole line is literally ‘monthly profit, monthly increases, can last, can prolong’. The cuboid container or ‘treasure bowl’ (聚寶盆) was for burning paper money, which was in the form of paper sycee silver ingots (元寶), which can be seen in the carrying basket nearby. The child is lighting a string of firecrackers to bring good fortune. As part of the ceremony, a beverage is being poured. The photograph was taken by Sze Yuen Ming (Yao Hua Studio) and might relate to the opening of a branch studio (‘West Yao Hua’) at 42 Nanking Road, Shanghai, in 1905.

Caption in album or on mount

74 / ANCESTRAL WORSHIP

Caption on photograph

Sze Yuen Ming [...] / [...]

Location

Shanghai

Material

Other

Media

Black and white photograph

Repository

Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland

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