A summary

If we wanted to paint an animal signboard for the recently opened Paper Museum to give a hint on what is waiting for the visitors inside, we could not find a better model than the Chinese New Year’s postcard on which dezhurny represented in the form of a lubok the tiger coming from around the Ussuri river along the Russian-Chinese border, that is, the land of the Nanais.

“Look, the tiger of Ussuri came this year to pull us out of every evil plague, to devour the American crisis, to distribute happiness and love to all, to bring all kinds of riches in this Happy New Year!”

The Ussuri is thus a real paper tiger, since it „seems threatening, but is really harmless,” what is more, a very useful animal. What a pity we did not encounter it last year, when welcoming the Year of the Tiger.

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