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Han Jiang Ancestral Temple 2

The entrance is moderately large and features typically painted fierce looking door guardians on the central, main door. These door guardians are reported to be generals from the Tang dynasty. The attention demanding representation of their hairdo, armour and weapons makes a lot of passers-by stand outside, take a second glance, even after closing hours (or perhaps especially after closing hours, since the doors are then shut).

 

Han Jiang Ancestral Temple 2

The entrance is moderately large and features typically painted fierce looking door guardians on the central, main door. These door guardians are reported to be generals from the Tang dynasty. The attention demanding representation of their hairdo, armour and weapons makes a lot of passers-by stand outside, take a second glance, even after closing hours (or perhaps especially after closing hours, since the doors are then shut).

 

comments (20)

  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 28 Jun 2017, 00:37
I love the artwork in these wonderful places, Ayush...many of the characters are portrayed as fierce.
Ayush Basu: Indeed, even in temples and clan houses, it is quite normal to portray a pugilistic stance, as per my observation, Ray.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 28 Jun 2017, 04:50
Très jolis détails.
Ayush Basu: I am pleased you like these details, Martine.
I really love this square of detail!
Ayush Basu: To be honest, I would have preferred to show off the whole door in its entirety - it just happened to be so large and there was insufficient space in front of the doors for me to back off and capture the whole thing, Elizabeth!
Nice footwear.
Ayush Basu: Haha, Michael, you are right about that but I am not sure how practical it would be for them. But all door guardians I saw had similar/identical footwear.
And now I'm thinking about how nice these colors would look in one of my coloring designs, Ayush. smile
Ayush Basu: That is actually a good thought, Ginnie. And believe me, judging from the number of Chinese temples in Penang and the fact that every single one of them has door guardians on them, you would have a mind boggling number of pages in your colouring book!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 28 Jun 2017, 06:30
Wonderful artwork Ayush
Ayush Basu: I wish I could have shown more of it, except that I could not back up enough to capture the entire door, Chris.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 28 Jun 2017, 07:20
No wonder passers-by stand and stare, Ayush
Ayush Basu: To be honest, I would have preferred to show off the whole door in its entirety - it just happened to be so large and there was insufficient space in front of the doors for me to back off and capture the whole thing, Lisl.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Jun 2017, 07:34
Age bold colours and designs are very striking.
Ayush Basu: The basic contents of almost temple door guardians is similar, but the details of the adornments and embellishments make them unique. Thank you for your comment, Alan.
Wonderful detail Ayush
Ayush Basu: I wish I could have shown more of it, except that I could not back up enough to capture the entire door, Bill.
Fine illustration with excellent colour balance Ayush.
Ayush Basu: This was a beautiful place, Chad and indeed, this part of Penang has a healthy share of heritage and religious landmarks.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 28 Jun 2017, 09:29
lovely painting of the scary door gaurdians... it might make me take pause as well smile
Ayush Basu: I am guessing, it would, Elaine! grin
Some amazing artistry in this work isn't there.
Ayush Basu: In my observations, all door guardians on temple doors warrant a long, good look, Brian.
The art is so decorative.
Ayush Basu: In my observations, door guardians on temple doors warrant a long, good look, Mary.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 28 Jun 2017, 15:27
Can't be generals. Generals are old men, who can'y fight anymore smile With these adornments they at least would look colourful on the battlefield.
Ayush Basu: Maybe the strategy is to make the enemy speechless with all the embellishments, Louis! tongue
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Jun 2017, 15:29
What lovely artwork.
Ayush Basu: To be honest, I would have preferred to show off the whole door in its entirety - it just happened to be so large and there was insufficient space in front of the doors for me to back off and capture the whole thing, Anne.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 28 Jun 2017, 17:46
Love the decorations and the design/colours.
Ayush Basu: I wish I could have shown off the entire door, Astrid.
Whoa! This is so ornate... I'm baffled, thinking how much work and effort went into making this...
Ayush Basu: To be honest, I would have preferred to show off the whole door in its entirety - it just happened to be so large and there was insufficient space in front of the doors for me to back off and capture the whole thing, Sudipto.
Impressive!
Ayush Basu: I wish I could have shown off the entire door, Tom.
Do you like this type of Chinese decorative art? smile
Ayush Basu: Oh yes, the door guardians always make me stop and take a closer look, LC smile And Penang (George Town) is full of such temples.
That is a very nice piece of art.
Ayush Basu: I am pleased you find it so, Michael. Thank you.

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