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Asian Art

Pair of Doves, Bamboo, and Camellia

14th century

Hanging scroll, ink and color on silk

without mounting: 30 1/4 × 16 5/8 in. (76.8 × 42.2 cm)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund
1994.99.1
While birds of all species are generally depicted in pairs in Chinese painting, the snuggling pair of doves in the foreground of this hanging scroll is a particular symbol of lifelong marital fidelity in Chinese culture. The camellia and bamboo indicate springtime, a favored season in Chinese painting redolent of renewal and the transience of life.
Geography: 
China
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Yuan dynasty (1279–1368)
Classification: 
Paintings
Provenance: 

Purchased in 1994 by the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

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