Mao Memorabilia: The Man and the Myth

Mao Memorabilia: The Man and the Myth

by Lynn Pan
     
 

The badges, posters, books, porcelain plates and figures, clocks and watches, portrait busts and other memorabilia lavishly illustrating this book crystallize in colourful form the cult of the personality that arose around Chairman Mao Zedong in the early years of the Cultural Revolution.

The huge production runs of much propaganda iconography and paraphernalia

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Overview

The badges, posters, books, porcelain plates and figures, clocks and watches, portrait busts and other memorabilia lavishly illustrating this book crystallize in colourful form the cult of the personality that arose around Chairman Mao Zedong in the early years of the Cultural Revolution.

The huge production runs of much propaganda iconography and paraphernalia were pushed to a point of absurdity, but a large proportion was ordered to be destroyed when de-Maoization set in. The surviving examples, many of them now collector's items, retain their allusion and memory, and remain visual reference points for the tumultuous life and times of Mao Zedong. Lynn Pan's introductory essay on the man and the myth charts the rise to power of this most extraordinary of Chinese leaders, and his spectacular apotheosis.

Editorial Reviews

The China Post
All the bizarre paraphernalia from an era of utter madness - in one colourful book. A collectors must.
The China Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789627283201
Publisher:
FormAsia Books Ltd
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Pages:
130

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