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Wealth and Rank: A Story about the Gods of Wealth — Traditional Chinese Fortune Culture Exhibition


Wealth and Rank: A Story about the Gods of Wealth — Traditional Chinese Fortune Culture Exhibition

Exhibition Date

December 28, 2021 - March 20, 2022

Exhibition Venue

Temporary Exhibition Hall on the 3rd Floor


Wealth and rank (Fu Gui Chang Chun), a congratulating phrase that became trendy in the Jin dynasty (1115–1234) and the Song dynasty (960–1279), refers to wishes of "May you be wealthy and live a longer life". For thousands of years, such expectations for a better life have long been a frequent theme highlighted in common people's pursuit. Based on this, traditional Chinese fortune culture has been subtly cultivated and sprouted in this land, with long-standing influence, profound cultural background and diverse forms and content. Deeply rooted in traditional Chinese culture, wealth praying and belief in the God of Wealth have seen long evolution from the pre-Qin period Ming and Qing dynasties. Following social development and advancing with the times, it remains hugely influential over the past millennium. Given different local conditions and development stages, wealth praying culture varies in places of China, while the concept of traditional fortune culture remains unchanged—"wealth is gathered in a legal manner to enrich people". This concept is seen as links that run through diversified cultures of Chinese civilization.

Taking Wealth and Rank as its theme, the exhibition planning follows the history of Chinese wealth praying culture, with 103 pieces/sets of boutique exhibits selected and borrowed from nine museum-related institutes, including the Shenyang Palace Museum and Chongqing China Three Gorges Museum. To be specific, wealth praying articles with rich cultural connotations, sculptures of a complete set of Gods of Wealth system, and bright-colored New Year paintings, to name a few, are displayed; Moreover, detailed print boards and interactive devices are set up for better experience. Three units, namely Rising at the Right Moment, Proper Acquisition of Wealth, and Offering Sacrifices to the Gods of Wealth, are arranged to render the historical changes in values and forms of traditional Chinese fortune culture, with an in-depth illustration of traditional fortune culture's connotations presented in belief in the God of Wealth and related custom, thus conveying the concept of "wealth is gathered in a legal manner to enrich people" in this culture.