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White cock on a coffin luring home one of the spirits of the dead.

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834631
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Collection

Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection

Burial customs - A-L

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1868
Library locations
Art and Picture Collection
Shelf locator: PC BURI - (A-L)
Topics
Litters
Coffins
Roosters
Funeral rites & ceremonies -- China -- 1800-1899
Funeral processions -- China
Notes
Content: From accompanying text: "A singular custom prevails in this part of China in connection with transporting to the residence of his family the corpse of one who dies away from home. While still at a distance, some of the family go forth to meet the coffin, taking with them a living white cok, or an image of a white cock, made as large as life out of bamboo splint and paper, colored so as to appear quite natural....The Chinese say that one of the three spirits of the dead comes into the cock at the time of meeting the corpse, and that the spirit is thus allured back to the family."
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : b ; 6.7 x 10 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
Identifiers
Dynix : 2155911
NYPL catalog ID (B-number) : b17706061
Barcode : 33333159464128
UUID: cba2f2c0-c53c-012f-d1fe-58d385a7bc34

Item timeline of events

  • 1868: Issued
  • 2014: Digitized
  • 2015: Found by you!
  • 2016

MLA Format

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "White cock on a coffin luring home one of the spirits of the dead." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1868. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-ccfb-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Chicago/Turabian Format

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "White cock on a coffin luring home one of the spirits of the dead." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 2, 2015. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-ccfb-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

APA Format

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. (1868). White cock on a coffin luring home one of the spirits of the dead. Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-ccfb-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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White cock on a coffin luring home one of the spirits of the dead.