Yan Bingwu (Chinese, B. 1954) "Year of the Pig" Original Original Watercolor on paper painting. Documentation attached verso.
Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation.
This painting originally appeared on the Federated States of Micronesia 50c Happy New Year 1995 Souvenir Sheet issued January 2, 1995.
Sincerity. Honesty. Tolerance. These are the personality traits attributed to those born during the Year of the Pig. One of 12 different animals representing the 12-year repeating cycle of the Chinese lunar calendar, the pig reigns supreme in 1995. Many legends offer explanations for how these creatures became associated with the calendar. One states that the Heavenly Jade Emperor summoned all the world's animals to participate in a race. The first 12 to complete the challenge were chosen to represent each of the different years, which were assigned by the order in which the animals finished. The pig came in 12th, capturing last place. Perhaps this explains why those born during the Year of the Pig appear to be sedate and easy going! People whose birth years are represented by the pig are also believed to be good companions and serious goal-setters.
Image Size: 7.75 x 12.5 in.
Overall Size: 11.75 x 16.5 in.
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