Mathias Komor, New York 
Mr. and Mrs. Myron S. Falk, Jr., New York City, to 1962 
From 1962 to 1997
Peggy and Richard M. Danziger, New York, given by Mr. and Mrs. Myron Falk in 1962 
Freer Gallery of Art, given by Peggy and Richard M. Danziger in 1997
 According to Curatorial Note 2, Joseph Chang, September 30, 1997, in the object record.
 See note 1.
 See note 1.
- Previous Owner(s)
Mr. Myron S. Falk, Jr. 1906 - 1992
Peggy and Richard M. Danziger
Mathias Komor 1909 - 1984
The orchid's long and gracefully fluttering leaves often overshadow its inconspicuous flowers. The delicate flowers represent the purity of seclusion for scholars. Orchids grow untended-like the scholar who cultivates his own talents but is unrecognized by others. The blossoms exude a subtle fragrance that symbolizes the purity of men. This painting was likely executed by a Chinese Buddhist monk of the Obaku sect of Zen Buddhism. In the 1650s, a large number of monks migrated from China to Japan after the fall of the Ming dynasty and the rise of the foreign Manchurian government.
- Published References
- Ni Yibin. Symbols, Art, and Language from the Land of the Dragon: The Cultural History of 100 Chinese Characters. London. pp. 14-15.
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
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