One of Four-panel Screen Depicting the Seasons

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One of Four-panel Screen Depicting the Seasons


Artist Nationality
Chinese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
late 19th century

Medium & Support
iron with wood frame

38 5/8 in. x 11 3/4 in. x 2 3/4 in. ( 98.1 cm x 29.8 cm x 7 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of S.W. Hoobler in memory of his parents, Madge Sibley, BA 1904, and Doctor B. Raymond Hoobler

Label copy
Decorative ironwork was popular in affluent Chinese households of the 18th and 19th centuries. Skillful metal smiths forged the dark, hard metal into lively linear patterns which gave the impression of an ink painting when displayed against a white wall. Ironwork was also appreciated for its durability and three-dimensional effect. The craftsmanship required to fashion iron into these delicate forms is now a lost art.¸¸The different flowers on the four panels displayed here represent the four seasons. Orchids announce spring, the beginning of the year. Lotus, which blooms in July symbolizes the summer. Chrysanthemums are well-known as an autumn flower, and plum blossoms, which can stand the cold weather, characterize winter.

Primary Object Classification
Decorative Arts

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