Legends of Ancient China. Chinese Silhouette Cutwork.
Legends of Ancient China
Legends of Ancient China
Legends of Ancient China
Legends of Ancient China

Legends of Ancient China

Chefoo, China: Temple Hill Cut-outs, c. 1930 or earlier. Hardcover. Oblong 8vo. Eight leaves of handmade heavy paper interleaved with text leaves printed on glassine. Each page has a silhouette intricately cut out of black paper and mounted. Bound in a Chinese-style binding with woven tapestry covers depicting a stream, pagodas, bridge, village and water bird, all in shades of green, beige and brown.


The first page contains a cutout of two figures, one in a boat, and the other on land with a tree and the title cut out of its branches. Thereafter are pictures of the seven legends with an English description facing on glassine: stories of children, frogs, the friend who failed, all popular legends of ancient China.


With a letterpress sheet laid in describing the intricate process of making the silhouettes.


A fine exemplar. A production of the Women's Bible School, Self-help Dept., Presbyterian Mission, Chefoo (now Yantai). The mission was established in 1899.

. Fine. Item #20017

Price: $1,500.00

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