宮燈 imperial lanterns

2013.2 農曆年 | 文咸西街 bonham strand & 高陞街 ko sheng street

過年張燈結綵;從前商鋪為增喜氣,同時顯氣派,都懸掛宮燈。

摩登世界,紅燈籠取而代之。偶爾遇到掛宮燈的,心頭立即敬個禮。燈令店添上端莊威嚴。

in the old days, during chinese new year, shops would hang “imperial lanterns”. for one to decorate the neighborhood, to brighten up the street, also to show its taste and class. shops with sophisticated lanterns earn more respect of passersby in their hearts.

sadly, in recent years, red lantern is growing in popularity. only shops with older history and of traditional business still keep to the more noble and elegant custom.

查閱宮燈底蘊,因由來宮廷所用的燈,選料要優質硬木。結構有如小型建築,取穩重的六方或八方。骨架雕龍雕鳳,燈扇上繪有花鳥魚蟲、山水人物。

as the name suggested, this type of lantern was used in palaces in the ancient china. the frame is made from quality hard wood, and engraved with dragon or phoenix. it is like miniature architecture, with six or eight faces. each face is drawn with auspicious creatures or well-known characters.

趙光利參茸行 chiu kwong lee; 百昌堂藥行 pak cheong tong; 益大行 three ways trader

 

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