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Cultural Revolution period stencil print
  • China
  • Cultural Revolution period stencil print, circa late 1960s
  • Where object was made: China
  • stenciling
  • Object Height/Width: 790 x 1991 mm
    Object Height/Width: 31 1/8 x 78 3/8 in
  • Anonymous gift
  • Not on display
  • 2012.0178

In this example, Confucius is called Kong Lao’er which literally means “Kong Old Number Two.” He (and possibly Chiang Kai-shek) are being stabbed by a fountain pen wielded by the new, enlightened Marxist youth. The poster also refers to Confucius as lao’er which in Beijing dialect is a slang term either for a particular alcoholic drink or, much worse, for the penis. It was a Cultural Revolution colloquialism to refer to Confucius as “that dickhead.”