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Wax plum, nandina, and Lohan pine, from the flowers of the twelve months: December
Date: approx. 1670-1710
Object Name: Album leaf
Materials: Ink and colors on silk
Dimensions: H. 16 1/8 in x W. 13 in, H. 41 cm x W. 33 cm (image); H. 25 in x W. 19 in, H. 63.5 cm x W. 48.3 cm (matted)
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: Chinese Art
Collection: Painting
Object Number: B65D49.l
On Display: No

Description

Label:

清朝 惲冰繪 花卉冊頁之十三﹕羅漢松﹑天竺﹑臘梅 紙本設色

This painting of wax plum, nandina ("heavenly bamboo"), and Lohan pine is a play on a popular motif called the "Three Friends of Winter" (suihan sanyou), which includes the regular plum (mei), the regular pine (song), and the regular bamboo (zhu). Each of these three plants is known as a survivor of the harshness of winter, and together they came to symbolize the Confucian virtue of maintaining one's integrity in trying times.

Artist's biography:
This album leaf bears the artist's inscription: Respectfully painted by Nanlan nüshi, Yun Bing. A descendant of Yun Shouping, Yun Bing was one of the better-known women painters of the 1700s. She was admired for her finely detailed and brilliantlycolored paintings of flowering plants such as this series of album leaves.


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Inscriptions: Respectfully painted by Nanlan nüshi, Yun Bing. A descendant of Yun Shouping
Exhibition History: "The Hundred Flowers: Botanical Motifs in Chinese Art", Asian Art Museum, March 24-June 25, 1985
Label:

清朝 惲冰繪 花卉冊頁之十三﹕羅漢松﹑天竺﹑臘梅 紙本設色

This painting of wax plum, nandina ("heavenly bamboo"), and Lohan pine is a play on a popular motif called the "Three Friends of Winter" (suihan sanyou), which includes the regular plum (mei), the regular pine (song), and the regular bamboo (zhu). Each of these three plants is known as a survivor of the harshness of winter, and together they came to symbolize the Confucian virtue of maintaining one's integrity in trying times.

Artist's biography:
This album leaf bears the artist's inscription: Respectfully painted by Nanlan nüshi, Yun Bing. A descendant of Yun Shouping, Yun Bing was one of the better-known women painters of the 1700s. She was admired for her finely detailed and brilliantlycolored paintings of flowering plants such as this series of album leaves.


Inscriptions: Respectfully painted by Nanlan nüshi, Yun Bing. A descendant of Yun Shouping
Exhibition History: "The Hundred Flowers: Botanical Motifs in Chinese Art", Asian Art Museum, March 24-June 25, 1985