Birds in a Tree

Birds in a Tree

c. 1700-1868

Hanging scroll; silk gauze brocaded with gold and silk

Overall: 169.5 x 47 cm (66 3/4 x 18 1/2 in.)

Gift of Donald J. Wineman in memory of his wife, Susan 1988.246



This scene of two Chinese pheasants with a flowering plum tree (a sign of the arrival of spring in Japan) is not painted. All the lines and surfaces are created by colored threads carefully stitched together into the silk. Consequently, the surface appears quite different from paintings on paper.

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