A digital collection of Yangzhou's intangible cultural heritage is launched on the Hi Metaverse platform on May 26. [Photo/yznews.com.cn]
A digital collection of Yangzhou's intangible cultural heritage - "The Picture of Celebrating the Longevity of the Immortals", ("群仙贺寿图" in Chinese) was launched on the Hi Metaverse platform on May 26.
It was the first time Yangzhou has launched a digital collection of an intangible cultural heritage item, aiming to promote the preservation and development of intangible cultural heritage items along the Grand Canal in a creative way with the help of digital technology.
"The Picture of Celebrating the Longevity of the Immortals" represents the pinnacle of Chinese engraving and printing. It is the treasure of the Guangling branch of the China Printing Museum. As a national second-class cultural relic, it does not follow conventional engraving techniques, but is printed by stencils according to the color of the original painting after being outlined and divided and overprinted by color from light to dark.
As the original stencil is too old for overprinting, the Guangling Ancient Book Engraving Society, a subsidiary of Canal Cultural Investment Group, used the original version of the work as a base and restored its stencils through efforts by over 10 sculptors, including Chen Yishi, who is among the first batch of national intangible cultural inheritors, and Chen Meiqi, a famous artist and craftsman in Jiangsu province.
The digital collection displays the work in GIF to let people intuitively experience the unique charm of the intangible cultural heritage item and ancient Chinese craftsmanship.
A stencil of "The Picture of Celebrating the Longevity of the Immortals". [Photo/yznews.com.cn]