Feb 19, 2014
Mar 2, 2004
Feb 19, 2014
Feb 19, 2014

Flowers and Rocks

Flowers and Rocks



China, Ming dynasty


Hanging scroll, color on silk

Overall: 162.6 x 48.6 cm (64 x 19 1/8 in.)

Gift of Charles L. Freer 1915.116



Here, the painter uses delicate brushwork and vivid colors to depict an early summer scene of three kinds of flowers growing beside a garden rock: From top to bottom we see flowering pomegranate, then peonies, and lilies below. Like the peony, which conveys wishes for wealth and prosperity, the pomegranate flower, here in festive red color turning soon into fruit with many seeds, is associated with the wish for many sons. The lily, in Chinese "baihe," is a homophone with the pun "togetherness for a hundred years," expressing wishes for harmony and unity. The scroll would have made a suitable gift to married women.

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Chinese Art
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