Remembering Class Bitterness 1967-1968
Lot 405
Remembering Class Bitterness
1967-1968
£15,000 - 25,000
US$ 25,000 - 41,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
Remembering Class Bitterness
1967-1968
The red lacquer base carved and inlaid with soapstone and other materials to depict a group of farmers training to become barefoot doctors, receiving basic medical training, a medical bag with red cross by the feet of one of the farmers, one man opening his shirt demonstrating on himself, framed. 124.5cm x 81.3cm (49in x 32in)

Footnotes

  • 1967-1968年 紅漆嵌百寶「憶階級鬥爭」圖板

    Provenance: produced at Yangzhou and exhibited in China until the end of the Cultural Revolution, and then placed in storage at the No.1 State Lacquer Factory in Yangzhou
    Exhibited at the Olympia Fine Arts and Antiques Fair, New Art from Ancient China - Lacquer from Yangzhou, November 1998
    A British private collection

    來源:產於揚州,一直出展在中國直到文化大革命結束,後存在揚州第一漆廠的儲存室
    1998年11月出展於奧林比亞藝術及古董博覽會的《New Art from Ancient China - Lacquer from Yangzhou》展覽
    英國私人收藏

    Designed by Liu Xiangdi
    Made by Senior Master Wang Chunming

    This plaque took approximately 15 months to design and make from 1967-1968. It is made up of relief carvings made from semi-precious stones, and the bright red of the 'Little Red Books' and the First Aid cross are made from plastic. In 1968 this plastic was more rare and more costly than the semi-precious stones used elsewhere in the plaque.

    The Red Guard, acting as cadre leader, is extolling the virtues of Chairman Mao and the class struggle. Daily political studies were an important part of political consciousness during the Cultural Revolution, During the Cultural Revolution, over 16 million educated youths were sent to settle in the countryside. The young student with the First Aid bag is one of the 'barefoot doctors' who were much praised at this time. Many of the students were just one or two years into their training at university when they were sent to the countryside to replace the established doctors who had been purged as reactionaries of the old order. With little or no medical experience, they provided simple first aid care in those areas without access to hospitals.
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