Procession paraphernalia, pair of plaques

This pair of wooden plaques belongs to a set of procession paraphernalia used during the Goddess of the Sea birthday. Like other procession paraphernalia - the parasol, they announce the arrival of the goddess and reinforce her status as an influential deity.The image of the goddess along with procession idols, are modeled after the imperial family. Her procession paraphernalia thus resembles those used on a royal outing.Similar and simpler procession paraphernalia have been used since the late 18th century in the Fujian province for the Goddess of the Sea birthday celebrations. Beyond South China, her devotees are found mainly amongst Chinese immigrant settlements in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and South East Asia (mainly Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia). During the Cultural Revolution, religious activities like these were banned. However, today it continues to flourish in Taiwan and some of these countries but their scale varies.Images of the goddess and her two guardians, Thousand–li Eyes (Qianliyan 千里眼) and Wind-Favouring Ears (Shunfeng’er 顺风耳), are carried in a sedan during processions held in honour of the goddess’ birthday.

c. 2002
Unknown Type: Please refer to parts
Accession No.
Polychrome on wood; Mixed media: wood, gold embroidery on silk satin, bamboo etc etc.
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Folklife Collection