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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Happy Chinese New Year!

In celebration of Chinese New Year, the February highlight from the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives features a beautiful photograph taken at Dongyue Miao, a Daoist temple in Beijing, on the morning of the Chinese New Year in 1925. This photograph is from the Benjamin March papers. Benjamin March (1899 - 1934) was a respected scholar and curator of Chinese art. The many photographs, journals and diaries that comprise the Benjamin March papers document his scholarship and interesting travels. March's photographs from Beijing in February of 1925 document the Chinese New Year ritual of morning prayers for fortune.

Rachael Cristine Woody
Archivist
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
woodyr@si.edu

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