The Year of the Pig: Tales from the Chinese ZodiacAsianArtMuseumStore
To better measure time, the Jade Emperor announces a race in which the first 12 animals to finish “will each have a year named after them.” Antics ensue as the animals use their wits, kindness and determination to compete. The illustrations are done in acrylic or gouache with solid strokes of color and layered patterns. But while the story is culturally Chinese, the artwork seems chiefly inspired by Oaxacan folk art. Some Asian influences can be seen — the compositions reference 16th-century illustrated manuscripts from the Indian Mughal period, and the flat rendering of perspective recalls Persian miniature painting.
- Author: Li Jian
- In English and Chinese
- 11 x 9 inches
- 32 pages, Hardcover