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Plums, Bamboo, and Orchid

Plums, Bamboo, and Orchid


Yamamoto Baiitsu

(Japanese, 1783-1856)

Hanging scroll; ink on silk

Painting only: 172.4 x 79 cm (67 7/8 x 31 1/8 in.); Including mounting: 252.7 x 105.4 cm (99 1/2 x 41 1/2 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1975.93


This painting represents three of the plants known as the Four Gentlemen of Chinese painting; it lacks only autumn’s chrysanthemum. The plants’ characteristics are symbols of Confucian virtues, such as open-mindedness (bamboo), strength in the face of adversity (plum), and humility (orchid).

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