Bamboo, Rock and TreeArtist(s)Zhan Jingfeng (Chan Ching-feng)Object Creation Date1550-1559Medium & Supportfan mounted as an album leaf, ink on gold paperDimensions
20 1/16 in x 6 ⅝ in (50.96 cm x 16.83 cm);18 1/16 in x 27 15/16 in (45.88 cm x 70.96 cm)Credit LineGift of Jean-Pierre DuboscLabel copy
Scholar-amateur painters in China spoke of bamboo, plum, orchids, and chrysanthemums as the “four gentlemen” élåNéq. Each of these plants was associated with an admirable Confucian trait. Bamboo, for instance, symbolized resilience, as it can spring back after the harshest gale. Old trees and rocks suggest longevity and endurance. These meanings became rather conventional over time, much like the imagery in modern American holiday cards. Still, the choice of motifs in any given painting was not arbitrary. Fan paintings, especially, were often done as personal gifts and may contain private codes of meaning unknown to all but the artist and the recipient.
Maribeth Graybill, Senior Curator of Asian Art
Exhibited in "Flora and Fauna in Chinese Art," April 6, 2002 - December 1, 2002.Primary Object Classification Unbound Work Primary Object TypeleafAdditional Object Classification(s)PaintingCollection AreaAsianRights
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