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Birds, Flowers, and Rocks

Asian Art

MEDIUM Six-panel folding screen, ink and color on paper
DATES 19th century
DIMENSIONS 71 5/8 × 117 15/16 in. (182 × 299.6 cm) each image: 34 1/8 × 19 7/16 in. (86.7 × 49.4 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Carroll Family Collection
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Six-panel folding screen depicting birds and auspicious plants, each perched on or growing from a jagged vertical rock form. The rock form is situated at the center of each panel, painted in blue and black/gray. The birds and plants are painted in brighter colors, with the exception of grasses which are painted in a very faint tan. All is against a ground of largely unpainted paper. The paintings are newly remounted in the traditional manner on larger panels that are covered in gray cloth with a white border around each painting. Damage and repairs are evident throughout. The paintings appear to represent the four seasons through pairs of images of seasonally-specific plants arranged in order from fall to summer. Two panels appear to be missing from what would have been an eight-panel screen. From the viewer's left to right, the subjects are as follows: 1) Chrysanthemums (usually associated with fall) 2) Pine (usually associated with longevity, but also with winter) 3) Budding plum (usually associated with spring) 4) Budding plum 5) Red flower, possibly a rose 6) same red flower Each painting has a pair of birds, with the same species shown in all 6 panels.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Birds, Flowers, and Rocks, 19th century. Six-panel folding screen, ink and color on paper, 71 5/8 × 117 15/16 in. (182 × 299.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Carroll Family Collection, 2018.41.2 (Photo: , CUR.2018.41.2_detail01.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.2018.41.2_detail01.jpg., 2018
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