1980 Marrying Off the Daughter
This painting is for the year of the rat. The title, ‘Marrying Off the Daughter’ is about the story of rat daughter getting married to the most powerful. She thought the sun was most powerful, but he declined her proposal for marriage and suggested the dark cloud, which in turn suggested the wind, which then suggested the wall and the wall suggested the rat, as it can dig holes under the wall to make it collapse. In the end, the rat chose the cat that is definitely more powerful than it. The cat readily agreed. The daughter rat was married in a wedding parade with the children making music and the rat in front pulling the tail of the rat behind that is carrying the gift of an egg. As soon as the bride went into the bridal chamber, the cat ate her. "Hiding my bride in my stomach is the best way to protect her from other bullies", said the cat. Despite the ending, the traditional Chinese New Year posters of the tale display only the happy scene of the rat family's wedding parade. The Chinese view the whole thing more as a natural cycle, and find humor in it. Huang Yao did a painting for each of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac.