"Picture of Viewing Waterfalls in Summer Mountains"; "Palace in Heaven"; "Four Beauties Catching Swimming Fish"

Background information

Tile murals. Anonymous, 1968. 913 North Broadway. Chinatown, Los Angeles.
Three large tile murals executed in Hong Kong appear like hanging scrolls on the building's facade. The mural on the viewer's left, designed in the style of a Sung Dynasty (960-1279 A.D.) landscape ink drawing, is described in the Chinese inscription as "Picture of Viewing Waterfalls in Summer Mountains." The center mural, identified as "Palace in Heaven", depicts a scene about the monkey king from the long 14th century episodic tale Hsi-yu chi, The Journey to the West. The colorful mural on the viewer's right, "Four Beauties Catching Swimming Fish", is in a style from southern China.


The text has been provided courtesy of Michael Several, Los Angeles, March 1998.

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