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TOY, ZODIAC ANIMAL SET, SNAKE
|The snake is the sixth of twelve animals in the East Asian zodiac associated with a lunar calendar. Each year is associated with the name and attributes of a particular animal in the twelve year zodiac cycle. Just as a snake sheds its skin and slithers quickly, persons born in the year of the snake are said to be adaptable leaders and fast thinkers. The snake is crafty, intelligent, and somewhat conniving; when the animals of the zodiac raced to determine their order in the cycle, the snake is said to have hitched a ride in the horse’s hoof and jumped out just in time to finish sixth. This snake toy from Vietnam is from a set of the twelve zodiac animals made by Mr. Hoang Ba Phat who produced traditional clay toys for the Mid-Autumn festival.|
VIETNAM: JOURNEYS OF BODY, MIND & SPIRIT AMNH, NEW YORK, NY. March 2003
Exhibition Label: Clay toy. Clay, pigment. Kinh people; Tu Khe village, Bac Ninh Province; 2000. Traditional Mid-Autumn toys introduce children to important cultural symbols and ideals. This figure represents one of the 12 animals of the East Asian zodiac.
Made by Mr. Hoang Ba Phat, age 75, a toy maker since the age of 10.
• VIETNAM: JOURNEYS OF BODY, MIND, AND SPIRIT. NGUYEN VAN HUY, AND LAUREL KENDALL, EDS. EXHIBITION CATALOG. Publisher: AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY. 2003