Birds and Flowers

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Maker(s)
Artist: Hua Yan (1682-1756)
Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, 1747
Medium
Album of ten leaves; ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W (Leaf a, Phoenix): 31.2 x 44.7 cm (12 5/16 x 17 5/8 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1960.25a-j
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Painting
Type

Album

Keywords
bird, China, flower, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Jean-Pierre Dubosc 1904-1988

Label

Known since the Song dynasty (960-1279) as the "king of birds," the phoenix symbolizes the emperor's power and prestige. A number of objects are exclusively associated with this mythical bird, among them the paulownia (wu tong) tree, whose branches it is believed are the only ones upon which a phoenix is willing to perch.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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