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Asian Art

Birds and Flowers of Early Spring

late 15th–early 16th century

Hanging scroll, ink and color on silk

without mounting: 61 1/8 × 36 3/4 in. (155.2 × 93.3 cm)
Gift of Karen Wang in memory of Wong Nan-p’ing
1987.68.1
The touches of melting snow on the branches, bamboo leaves, and plum flowers situate this painting at the turn of the seasons. Both bamboo and plum serve as symbols of renewal in Chinese literature and art, as well as metaphors for the upright character of scholars. The quails in the foreground are joined by five lively birds nestled among the blossoming branches.
Geography: 
China
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Classification: 
Paintings
Provenance: 

Karen Y. Yang; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

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