New Year’s picture: God of Wealth riding on a tiger

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In Chinese folklore, a deity almost always rides an exotic animal instead of a horse. The mount for Zhao Gongming, the God of Wealth, is a tiger. He holds a gold ingot, a symbol of wealth, in his left hand and a gnarled cudgel—his signature weapon—in his right hand. Traveling between heaven and earth, he brings good fortune to those who worship him..

New Year’s picture: God of Wealth riding on a tiger, Unidentified artist(s)  , early 20th century, Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper, China

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