Night of the Moon

Click the thumbnails above for details of the paintings.
Source: Freer and Sackler Galleries.

The Mid Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon or Mooncake Festival is intricately lined to the legends of Chang E, the mythical Moon Goddess of Immortality. According to “Li-Ji”, an ancient Chinese book recording customs and ceremonies, the Chinese Emperor should offer sacrifices to the sun in spring and the moon in autumn. The 15th day of the 8th lunar month is the day called “Mid-Autumn”. The night on the 15th of the 8th lunar month is also called “Night of the Moon”. Under the Song Dynasty (420), the day was officially declared the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Gibbon reaching for reflection of the moon

Gibbon reaching for reflection of the moon

Three hares looking at the moon

Three hares looking at the moon

Liu Hai Fishing for his Toad by Moonlight

Liu Hai Fishing for his Toad by Moonlight

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