No publication details. (circa1966). Stock ID #158682
Large size Chinese Cultural Revolution papercut on red paper with paper backing. Papercut features a fierce looking young Red Guard in the centre, smashing a pile of books, religious sculptures and items considered as the 四旧 [Four Olds] into pieces. Behind him, a view of hundreds of Red Guards occupy the streets and buildings, while others march forward with Red Guard flags.
Very good condition. Block of text upper margin in Chinese, papercut measures 73 x 49cm. Text upper margin reads "Scatter the old world, build a new world."
The image of smashing symbolically conveys the determination of the Communists to break from the Four Olds (Old Customs, Old Culture, Old Habits, and Old Ideas). The campaign to 破四旧立四新 [Destroy the Four Olds and Cultivate the Four News] began in Beijing in August 1966. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 158682).