MATERIAL: Woven
TYPE: Portrait
DIMENSIONS: 11 1/2" x 15 1/2" shadowbox
CONDITION: Some damp staining and flaking at the edges, else very good.
ITEM ID: 4448
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Mao Zedong Portrait in Shadow Box with Poem

Unusual high-relief portrait of Mao Zedong, constructed of woven and stitched padded fabric with a photo-printed face, against a scene of flower blossoms, set into a shadowbox. Below the image is the text of Mao’s poem “Yong Mei” (Ode to the Plum Blossom) in Chinese.

It reads: Wind and rain escorted Spring’s departure,/Flying snow welcomes Spring’s return./On the ice-clad rock rising high and sheer/A flower blooms sweet and fair./Sweet and fair, she craves not Spring for herself alone,/To be the harbinger of Spring she is content./When the mountain flowers are in full bloom/She will smile mingling in their midst.